Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Ocean Life, Planet Health

David Fields Laboratory

David Fields Laboratory

My current research projects investigate the role of chemical and fluid mechanical signals in mediating zooplankton behavior. I am interested in the fine scale structure of fluid mechanical and chemical signals (created by copepods or by physical forcing), how signals are detected, the behavioral response to these signals, and how zooplankton behavior is manifested in their local and global distribution. This work combines small-scale fluid mechanics, neurophysiology and animal behavior. I apply information derived from examining small-scale interactions towards understanding large-scale distribution patterns.


I am currently funded under the following projects:

NSF-Biological OCE   The role of phytoplankton ballast material in deterring copepod grazing

ONR-Marine Mammal S&T  Energy transfer to upper trophic levels on a small offshore bank.

NSF-IOB Collaborative Research: From structure to information in mechanosensory systems.  The role of sensor morphology in detecting fluid signals.

NSF-Bio OCE  REU Site Proposal - Bigelow lab REU Site

NSF-DBI  Acquisition of a Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Research Council of Norway+ Bergen Teknologioverføring AS + Institute of Marine Research   Developing a trap for the control of salmon lice.

Research Council of Norway     “Effect of climate change on the Calanus complex (ECC)” (Submitted)


Feeding Currents of Marine Copepods

Copepod Neurophysiology

Copepod Behavior

Ingestion Rates

Krill Distribution