My scientific interest is focussed on plankton, especially zooplankton.
Copepods are small crustaceans and are found in all aquatic ecosystems. In marine systems, copepods and the larvae of mollusks, echinoderms and higher crustaceans are the most important constituents of the zooplankton.
Also called „Hüpferlinge” in German, the tiny but very agile copepods are a key component of the ecosystem. They modify and direct the flow of energy between primary producers – the phytoplankton – and higher trophic levels such as fish, birds and whales.
For more information: Aquatic Ecology