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Changes in zooplankton subject of RCC program

On Monday, October 30, from 12:25 to 1:25 p.m. at Rappahannock Community College, Glenns and Warsaw Campus lecture halls, Joe Cope will present “Long-term Changes in Zooplankton off the Western Antarctica Peninsula.”

Cope is a scientist at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester. He will discuss the Western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP), which is one of the most rapidly warming regions on Earth.

Cope will examine trends in summer abundance of zooplankton along the WAP over two decades and their relationship with environmental parameters like sea ice, atmospheric climate indices, sea surface temperature, and phytoplankton biomass and productivity. 

The zooplankton that is part of the discussion were collected from the top 120 meters of the water in a regional study. Cope will include some original photography from the region and will bring some preserved animals.

The event is free and open to the public.

posted 10.18.2017

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