New data paper on marine copepod traits

Tuesday 14 Feb 17


Mark Payne
Senior Researcher
DTU Aqua
+45 35 88 34 22


Thomas Kiørboe
DTU Aqua
+45 35 88 34 01

We compiled data to understand the ecology of marine copepods based on their fundamental traits, such as body size or growth rate, rather than based on species names. 

Zooplankton, and in particular the dominant crustacean copepods, are central to marine food webs and the carbon cycle. The data includes information on 14 traits, in particular body size, feeding mode, egg size, spawning strategy, respiration rate, and myelination (presence of nerve sheathing), for thousands of copepod species. It may be used for comparative studies between species or communities, and ultimately to inspire next-generation models of marine planktonic ecosystems.

The paper can be found here

Brun, P. Payne M. R., and Kiørboe, T. (2017) A trait database for marine copepods. Earth Syst. Sci. Data., 9, 99–113, doi:10.5194/essd-9-99-2017
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