Mortality Term in Zooplankton Models

My name is Kate Shipman, and I’m a rising sophomore. I began working on this project in the spring semester. My project looks at quantifying the importance of the mortality term in zooplankton models. Studying the population dynamics of zooplankton is essential, because zooplankton are the main consumer of phytoplankton and are an important connection to the rest of the marine food web.  Zooplankton are at the bottom of the food chain, so the dynamics of their populations affect the dynamics of higher trophic level organisms.  I’m excited to have this opportunity to continue my work on this project.