Meeting Abstract

S3-1.4  Jan. 4  Small-scale biological-physical-chemical cues of plankton. YEN, J; Georgia Institute of Technology jeannette.yen@biology.gatech.edu

Plankton operate at low Reynolds numbers, generating water-borne cues that can be attenuated by viscosity and confused with small-scale turbulence. Yet messages are created, transmitted, perceived and recognized. These messages guide essential survival tasks of aquatic micro crustaceans. Cues created include those of escaping prey, lunging predators, attractive mates, and appropriate hosts. In this presentation, I describe some unusual and typical examples of small-scale biological-physical-chemical signals in the sea that help to maintain the integrity of our aquatic ecosystems.