For more than 30 years, ICES Working Group on Zooplankton Ecology (WGZE) has played an essential part in advancing our understanding of zooplankton community structure and population dynamics in the world’s oceans. A particular accomplishment of the group was the development of zooplankton time-series, which now includes more than 100 sites throughout the entire North Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas. Zooplankton play a critical role in the marine pelagic ecosystem at the interface of the “lower” and “upper” trophic levels, influencing both the ocean’s biogeochemical cycles and productivity. Zooplankton are sensitive to environmental change and variations in their abundance, biomass, community, and size structure are important indicators of overall ecosystem status.
Cartoon: Bas Köhler. Click to enlarge.