Paper highlights copepod response to warming, acidification

Copepods viewed under a microscope.
Copepods viewed under a microscope.

A new article in Nature Climate Change looks at the response of marine animal populations to climate change, specifically copepods.

The article shares findings from Connecticut Sea Grant-supported research that a species of copepod can cope with climate change (ocean warming and acidification), however, its ability to adapt varies by generation.

Copepods are small marine animals that are abundant, widely dispersed, and serve as major structural components of the ocean’s food web. Impacts in the copepod population have ripple effects through the whole food web and the ocean’s carbon sequestration capabilities.

A link to the paper can be found here.