Fields Lab

Zooplankton Physiology and Sensory Ecology Laboratory

Zooplankton World

Flow Field

Feeding current of Pleuromamma xiphias (Fields and Yen 1993)


The lab investigates the role of chemical and fluid            mechanical signals in mediating zooplankton behavior. We are interested in the fine scale structure of fluid mechanical and chemical signals (created by copepods or by physical forcing), how signals are detected, the behavioral response to these signals, and how zooplankton behavior is manifested in their local and global distribution. This work combines small-scale fluid mechanics, neurophysiology and animal behavior. We apply information derived from examining small-scale interactions towards understanding large-scale distribution patterns.