IGN 20-1 - Food webs supporting ocean foods

Thursday, August 10, 2017
C123, Oregon Convention Center
Carrie J. Byron, Marine Science Department, University of New England, Biddeford, ME
Ocean foods production relies on resilient local food webs. However, often research focus on this topic is unidirectional examining impact of ocean foods production/extraction on the environment. It is time impacts and mechanisms are examined in both directions. How does the environment support food production? Specifically, how do coastal ocean food webs support bivalve production? Early research suggests that primary producers like phytoplankton is not the only answer. This Ignite talk explores other questions and scientific inquiry underway to examine the role of food web dynamics as they support ocean food production.