Marine Isopods

Effects of climate change and ocean acidification on the physiology, reproduction and development of the marine isopod Cirolana harfordi

Marine isopods are important members of food webs and rely on the development of calcium containing microscopic sensory apparatus and their antennae and other locations interact with each other to find food an in reproduction and development. This project investigates the combined effects of ocean warming and acidification from increased CO2 on the development of sensory anatomy, gregarious interactions and food finding ability of the isopod Cirolana harfordi. The findings will establish crucial tipping points for this animal to continue its vital role in removing carrion flesh and supplying nutrients to the marine environment.

Research Project – Dr. Murray Thomson University of Sydney

isopods research project M Thomson