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Copepod conundrum : how are trends in plankton diversity and biomass used to indicate ocean conditions? Public Deposited

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  • Overview: The Northern California Ecosystem off Oregon and Washington supports juvenile salmon and other commercially valuable fish species that feed on copepods and other zooplankton. Fluctuations in ocean conditions lead to variations in the types and numbers of copepods occurring off the Oregon coast. Because researchers have been regularly sampling copepods off the coast of Oregon for many decades, detectable patterns in the data can help characterize ecosystem health and forecast future ocean conditions. In this lesson, students examine long term copepod data to reveal patterns and make predictions.
  • Learning Goals: Students will learn the following: • Scientists collect and utilize data and models to predict populations. • Fluctuations in copepod diversity and biomass are indicators of ocean conditions. • Observed patterns in data can inform future predictions.
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  • The 2019-20 ORSEA materials are based upon work supported by Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon Coast STEM Hub, as well as the National Science Foundation Regional Class Research Vessels under Cooperative Agreement No. 1333564 Award: OCE-1748726.



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