Zooplankton: Species Diversity, Distribution and Seasonal Dynamics


Series: Marine Biology
BISAC: SCI039000

Zooplankton organisms comprise very important elements of the structure and function of marine and freshwater ecosystems, not only as consumers of primary production, but also as food items for juvenile stages of several fish species. Moreover, its sensitivity to both man-made and natural changes makes zooplankton quite suitable for assessing alterations in the trophic dynamics and the ecological state of aquatic ecosystems related to changes in nutrient loading and climate. Multi-scale, spatial and temporal relationships between zooplankton variability and environmental heterogeneity are still not satisfactorily understood due to the complexity of the different aquatic ecosystems (considering both biotic and abiotic elements).

Thus, the ambition of the present edition is to contribute to the understanding of the role of zooplankton by investigating ecological aspects such as the species diversity, their spatial distribution and seasonal dynamics in relation to the environmental influence in various aquatic ecosystems around the world. Topics discussed in this book include the understanding of the role of zooplankton in the transfer of pollutants through trophic food webs; plankton models to explain red tides; spatial patterns of trophy and zooplankton communities in a tropical urban reservoir; the zooplankton variation in five Greek lakes; the zooplankton community in a nuclear power station cooling reservoir; the spatio-temporal dynamics of cladocera and copepoda in the Danube River; the gelatinous zooplankton in the Namibian upwelling region; and the zooplankton community in relation to the environmental factors in a solar saltern. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Understanding the Role of Zooplankton in Transfer of Pollutants through Trophic Food Webs
(Roberta Bettinetti and Marina Manca, Università degli Studi dell’Insubria, DiSTA, Via Dunant Varese, Italy and others)

Chapter 2. A Comparison of Several Plankton Models for Red Tides
(Tiziana Romano, Malay Banerjee and Ezio Venturino, Dipartimento di Matematica “Giuseppe Peano”, Università di Torino, Torino, Italy and others)

Chapter 3. Thematic Maps, a Tool to Establish the Spatial Patterns of Eutrophication and the Zooplankton Community Structure in a Tropical Urban Reservoir (Pampulha Reservoir, MG) in Brazil
(Juan Carlos Jaramillo-Londoño and Ricardo Motta Pinto-Coelho, Grupo de Investigación en Calidad del Agua y Modelación Hídrica, Facultad de Ingenierías, Universidad de Medellín, Medellín, Colombia and others)

Chapter 4. Zooplankton Variation in Five Greek Lakes
(George Kehayias, Ekaterini Chalkia and Evangelia Doulka, Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Management, University of Patras, Agrinio, Greece)

Chapter 5. Zooplankton of the Cooling Reservoir of the Beloyarskaya Nuclear Power Station: Species Characteristics and Accumulative Ability
(Мargarita Y. Chebotina, Valentina P. Guseva and Еvgeny V. Polyakov, Institute of Plant and Animal Ecology, and Institute of Solid State Chemistry, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Ekaterinburg, Russian Federation)

Chapter 6. Some Aspects of Zooplankton (Cladocera, Copepoda) Spatio-Temporal Dynamics in a Large River: The Case Study of the Danube River
(Csaba Vadadi-Fülöp and Levente Hufnagel, Hungarian Scientific Research Fund Office, Czuczor u. 10, 1093 Budapest, Hungary and others)

Chapter 7. Abundance and Trophic Position of Gelatinous Zooplankton in the Namibian Upwelling Region
(Rolf Koppelmann, Sarina A. Jung and Niko Lahajnar, University of Hamburg, Institute for Hydrobiology and Fisheries Science, Hamburg, Germany and others)

Chapter 8. Seasonal Dynamics of Zooplankton Community Related to the Environmental Factors in a Man-Made Sfax Solar Saltern (Tunisia)
(Rayda Kobbi Rebai, Ikbel Sellami, Neila Annabi-Trabelsi and Habib Ayadi, University of Sfax Tunisia, Faculty of Sciences of Sfax Department of life Sciences, Unité de recherche UR/11ES72 Biodiversity and Aquatic Ecosystems Ecology and Planktonology, Sfax, Tunisia)


Additional Information

The book contains original scientific information which is mainly addressed to researchers, academics and students of biological departments and other institutions who are dealing with aquatic ecosystems.

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