Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

REU Mentor Profile
David Kimmel, Ph.D.

Location: 
Horn Point Laboratory

Research Topics: 
Estuarine Processes

Research Interests: 

The primary focus of my research is zooplankton dynamics in estuarine and coastal systems. Zooplanktons are critical components of food webs as they link the primary production of phytoplankton to fish. The interaction between zooplankton and fish varies in time and space, thus I am particularly interested in determining how zooplankton populations respond to environmental forcing. I use a combination of traditional and novel methods in order to determine zooplankton abundance and distribution. These include net sampling, optics and acoustics. Other interests of our lab include climate forcing of aquatic populations, analysis of long-term data and the use of size-based approaches to address ecological questions.

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