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Mei Sato, Postdoctoral Fellow, OSU College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Biological-physical interactions in animal behavior

Thursday, May 11, 2017 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Biological-physical interactions in animal behavior

Coupling between biological and physical processes in the ocean is subtle and complex. Simultaneous quantification of biotic and abiotic factors is key to understanding animal abundances and distributions. Yet, the wide range of temporal and spatial scales of biological and physical processes in the ocean make understanding of the animal responses to forcing challenging. The integration of a suite of measurements, including active acoustics, and cabled observatories is revealing the complexity in animal behavior in the ocean. For example, instead of the traditional view of diel vertical migration as a repeated movement between two depths solely regulated by light, zooplankton adapt their behavior to accommodate changes in environmental cues and their growth. These findings raise questions about the consequences of such variability in animal behavior on retention mechanisms in advective regions such as coastal upwelling zones. As climate continues to change with increasing temperature and associated modifications in physical processes, understanding of small-scale variability in animal behavior is critical for ecosystem-based management and conservations of marine ecosystems.

 


OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center
Guin Library Seminar Room
2030 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport
OR
maryann.bozza at oregonstate.edu
Hatfield Marine Sci Ctr
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