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Copepod Physiology

Calanoid copepods are among Earth’s most abundant animals, and they play a key role in moving energy from the base of the food chain to higher consumers. Some copepods, such as Calanus finmarchicus, can undergo a dormant period (diapause) during their juvenile development. It is not well understood how copepods “decide” whether to undergo diapause, or when to enter or exit diapause. Work in our lab focuses on understanding how the physiological condition of lipid-storing copepods changes in relation to their environment, how diapause helps copepods to adapt to their environment, and how copepod populations may respond to future environmental change.