Response of Marine Ecosystems to Global Change: Ecological Impact of Appendicularians

Edited by Dr. Don Deibel, G. Gorsky and M. J. Youngbluth

Response of Marine Ecosystems to Global Change: Ecological Impact of Appendicularians

Almost everything you wanted to know about appendicularians but were afraid to ask is discussed in this book or in the references herein.

Although these free swimming tunicates are the most primitive chordates, having the smallest chordate genome known, they developed one of the most complex external food concentrating mucous structure and using tangential filtration they feed efficiently on sub-micron and micron sized particles.

The nearly 70 known species are adapted to all the oceanic environments including the deep sea and make a significant contribution to what is called marine snow: slowly sedimenting marine particles and thus to the carbon cycling.

Chapter after chapter reviews the latest findings in the fields of phylogenetics, diversity, reproduction, nutritional biology, population dynamics, carbon flux and predator-prey relationships.

Dr. Don Deibel, along with his OSC colleague Richard B. Rivkin and others, provided one chapter in the book.

Dr. Deibel is the associate director of Memorialís Ocean Sciences Centre. He is a zooplankton ecologist and biological oceanographer who focuses on determination of the role of mesozooplankton in biogeochemical cycles, particularly on the role of copepods and pelagic tunicates in the cycles of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus in the arctic. Much of his work in the arctic is as part of international, multidisciplinary research programs into the affects of global climate change on the Arctic Ocean. Response of Marine Ecosystems to Global Change is published by Editions Scientifique.