Gulf of Maine Ecology
The Gulf of Maine. (Google Earth)
Sonar imaging of a school of fish. The black excrusions show the school avoiding a threat or predator.
(Image: Frederic Jaffre)
My Research focuses on utilizing and developing broadband acoustic scattering methods for studying zooplankton ecology and physical processes in the ocean. My lab has been testing our new acoustic scattering methods during two cruises to the Gulf of Maine and the continental shelf break south of Cape Cod. We use acoustic scattering techniques because they provide a rapid, high-resolution, synoptic, remote-sensing tool that complements more traditional biological sampling strategies such as net tows and optics allowing for a greater understanding of zooplankton behavior and distribution in the ocean. Emerging broadband scattering techniques result in improved imaging, classification and quantification capabilities of zooplankton and physical processes in the ocean which will allow us to make better estimates of zooplankton size distributions, abundance and small scale mixing phenomena in the ocean. Our Lab’s focus on zooplankton ecology stems from the need to understand their behavior, abundance and distributions in the context of fishery ecosystems and the effect of global climate change.
Last updated: June 28, 2012