Articles | Volume 17, issue 13
Biogeosciences, 17, 3385–3407, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-3385-2020
Biogeosciences, 17, 3385–3407, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-3385-2020

Research article 05 Jul 2020

Research article | 05 Jul 2020

Quantifying spatiotemporal variability in zooplankton dynamics in the Gulf of Mexico with a physical–biogeochemical model

Taylor A. Shropshire et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (10 Feb 2020) by Katja Fennel
AR by Taylor Shropshire on behalf of the Authors (17 Mar 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (19 Mar 2020) by Katja Fennel
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (13 Apr 2020) by Katja Fennel
AR by Taylor Shropshire on behalf of the Authors (27 Apr 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (11 May 2020) by Katja Fennel
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Zooplankton are the smallest animals in the ocean and important food for fish. Despite their importance, zooplankton have been relatively undersampled. To better understand the zooplankton community in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM), we developed a model to simulate their dynamics. We found that heterotrophic protists are important for supporting mesozooplankton, which are the primary prey of larval fish. The model developed in this study has the potential to improve fisheries management in the GoM.
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