This talk will be given by Jake Bedford from the Plankton and Policy Research Group at the University of Plymouth.
Plankton form the foundation of marine ecosystems and make useful indicators for large-scale environmental change in our oceans. Firstly, they are very sensitive and responsive to changes in their environment, so changes in plankton ‘reflect’ wider human pressures as well as climatic and oceanographic processes. Secondly, changes in plankton communities can themselves ‘affect’ organisms at higher trophic levels such as fish and seabirds. Understanding change in plankton communities can therefore provide a variety of evidence for marine policy.
The talk will illustrate the challenges and opportunities for assessing these changing plankton communities within wider marine management.
This event is free to attend but you can contribute to the Wembury MCA Advisory Group which helps fund the educational resources of the Wembury Marine Centre (suggested £2 donation).
About the Wembury Marine Centre
The Wembury Marine Centre is managed by a partnership of Devon County Council, the Devon Wildlife Trust, the University of Plymouth Marine Institute, South Hams District Council and the National Trust, with support from Wembury Parish Council and with guidance from the Advisory Group of the Wembury Marine Conservation Area.
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