As the seasons change from summer to winter here in the Falklands, we can see changes in the amount and diversity of zooplankton in the area. This is very exciting to see, as I continue to collect and sort through zooplankton samples collected between September and May. My PhD project aims to improve our understanding both of what zooplankton species we have here in the Falklands, but also how the abundance and distribution of these changes throughout the year.
Due to their importance as a food source for larger predators in the area (including fish, penguins, and whales), understanding the seasonal variation of the zooplankton could also help us understand some of the movements of these organisms. Having been in the Falklands since the beginning of February, I have gone out to collect zooplankton samples for my PhD project several times (and, if the weather clears up, I’m hoping to head out a final time before heading back to Aberdeen later this month).