Presentation Title

Temporal Distribution of Plankton in the Mid-Puget Sound Region

Session Title

Session S-01D: Pelagic Ecology in the Salish Sea I

Conference Track

Species and Food Webs

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (2014 : Seattle, Wash.)

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Presenter/Author Information

Brianne AnkenmanFollow

Start Date

1-5-2014 5:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 6:30 PM

Abstract

Seasonal temporal distribution of plankton is being collected from an inflow line at a public aquarium in Des Moines, WA using citizen science. Phytoplankton is a key group of organisms that are vital to the ecosystem as primary producers. Additionally, zooplankton species are the foundation of the marine food web. Identifying the presence and absence of planktonic species is an opportunity to teach the public about plankton life cycles, species diversity, and ecological concepts pertinent to marine life. The intention of the project is to design a protocol for citizen science research at the MaST Center aquarium. In this citizen science project, volunteers and students have the opportunity to be trained how to ask scientific questions, make observations, collect data, and keep records of their findings. The goal is to maintain this monitoring project over an extended period of time at the MaST Center to observe fluctuations in plankton diversity and abundance. Plankton research provides both a prospect for scientific inquiry in understanding species distribution in the Pacific Northwest and to educate the public on the importance of plankton to marine ecosystem health.

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Temporal Distribution of Plankton in the Mid-Puget Sound Region

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Seasonal temporal distribution of plankton is being collected from an inflow line at a public aquarium in Des Moines, WA using citizen science. Phytoplankton is a key group of organisms that are vital to the ecosystem as primary producers. Additionally, zooplankton species are the foundation of the marine food web. Identifying the presence and absence of planktonic species is an opportunity to teach the public about plankton life cycles, species diversity, and ecological concepts pertinent to marine life. The intention of the project is to design a protocol for citizen science research at the MaST Center aquarium. In this citizen science project, volunteers and students have the opportunity to be trained how to ask scientific questions, make observations, collect data, and keep records of their findings. The goal is to maintain this monitoring project over an extended period of time at the MaST Center to observe fluctuations in plankton diversity and abundance. Plankton research provides both a prospect for scientific inquiry in understanding species distribution in the Pacific Northwest and to educate the public on the importance of plankton to marine ecosystem health.