Winter in water: fish physiology and behavior drive food web structure in a variable world

Event date: Monday, April 09, 2018, at 12:00 PM
Location: RW432

Speaker: Bailey McMeans, UTM

Bailey McMeans

Our research explores how aquatic animals respond to changes in the physical environment (e.g. temperature) via changes in their physiology (e.g. lipid profiles) and ecology (e.g. feeding behavior). We are also interested in the ramifications of these organism-level responses for the structure and stability of food webs.

We combine theory with experimental and field-based methods in Arctic seas, temperate lakes and tropical floodplains. These study systems all share drastic seasonal fluctuations in environmental characteristics.