David Fields (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences,
John Dower (University of Victoria, BC, Canada)
Processes that occur at the level of the individual
animal drive large scale distribution patterns of zooplankton populations.
At the scale of the individual, motility, feeding rates, detection of
signals, and encounter rates with other individuals are the product
of the interactions between the individual and physical properties of
their environment (e.g. viscosity, fluidmotion, diffusion). Research
on this topic is inherently interdisciplinary. It includes fluiddynamics
across the viscous-inertial ranges, the study of functional morphology
and structural analysis, investigations into the sensory perception
of both mechanical and chemical cues, and much more. In this session,
we invite contributions that explore the intimate interactions of zooplankton
with their prey, predators, conspecifics,and their environment, framed
within the context of large-scale distribution patterns of zooplankton.