publication . Thesis . 2014

The ecology of scattering layer biota around Indian Ocean seamounts and islands

Boersch-Supan, Philipp Hanno;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2014
  • Publisher: University of St Andrews
  • Country: United States
Abstract
The waters of the open ocean constitute the largest living space on Earth but despite its obvious significance to the biosphere, the open ocean remains an unexplored frontier. With a regional focus on the Indian Ocean, this thesis investigates (i) the distribution of pelagic biota on basin scales, (ii) the effect of abrupt topography on pelagic biota and their predator-prey relationships, and (iii) the use of genetic techniques to elucidate population connectivity and dispersal of pelagic taxa. (i) Pelagic scattering layers (SLs) were surveyed with scientific echosounders across the southwest (SWIO) and central Indian Ocean to investigate their vertical and geog...
Subjects
free text keywords: QH94.B7, Marine ecology--Indian Ocean, Seamount animals--Indian Ocean, Plankton--Indian Ocean, Elephant seals--Indian Ocean, Oceanography--Research--Indian Ocean
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