RUSALCA Arctic Food Web Structure and Epibenthic Communities in a Climate Change Context
The goal of the RUSALCA program is to gather climate quality long-term physical, chemical and biological observations of the northern Bering and Chukchi Seas ecosystems to document the status quo and potential change in this region. We analyze benthic food web structure and epibenthic community as meaningful key variables for long-term climate observations, because they reflect water mass properties and the extent of pelagic-benthic coupling on the Arctic shelf, as well as habitat characteristics (community measure).
Start Date: 2004-06-00
End Date: 2016-06-00
Publications and products
Iken K, Bluhm BA, Dunton KH. (2010). "Benthic food web structure under differing water
mass properties in the southern Chukchi Sea". Deep Sea Research II. 57:71-85.
Bluhm, B., K. Iken, S.M. Hardy, B. Sirenko, B. Holladay. (2009). "Community structure of epibenthic megafauna in the Chukchi Sea". Aquatic Biology. 7:269-293.
- Trophic interactions and food web analysis
- Benthic diversity and communities
- Stable isotope analysis
- Phycology and invertebrate ecology
- Shallow water ecology and deep-sea biology
- Polar marine biology
- Benthic and sea ice community ecology and biodiversity
- Trophic interactions and population dynamics of polar marine invertebrates
- Arctic ecosystem synthesis
- Arctic shelf and deep sea habitats