Biolunch Seminar, 13 Apr 2021
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Biological Oceanography Lunch Seminar
Examining ecosystem impacts of the moon jelly (Aurelia labiata) in Puget Sound
UW School of Oceanography
11:30 A.M., via Zoom
ABSTRACT: In Puget Sound, the moon jelly (Aurelia labiata) is seasonally abundant and forms large aggregations. Jellies have been known to compete with forage fish for zooplankton prey. However, the role that moon jellies play in the Puget Sound ecosystem is not well understood and whether or not they compete with fish for prey is still unknown. We conducted mesocosm experiments to examine moon jelly predation on natural zooplankton assemblages. We paired these experiments with field sampling to investigate the impacts of moon jelly aggregations on local water quality and zooplankton abundance. In this talk, I will discuss the status of this project as well as future plans for data collection and analysis.