Sea ice: an important seasonal habitat for marine invertebrate juveniles in Arctic fast ice systems?

 
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Polychaete juveniles (Elson Lagoon fast ice, Barrow, Alaska)

Sea ice: an important seasonal habitat for marine invertebrate juveniles in Arctic fast ice systems?

Bodil Bluhm & Rolf Gradinger, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Sea ice plays an important biological role in providing food and seasonal habitat for autochthonous and allochthonous (pelagic and benthic) polar metazoans. Seasonal migration of pelagic and benthic crustaceans into the ice is well documented from Arctic and Antarctic locations, but other taxa have received little attention. The proposed work will focus on the largely unknown role of near-shore Arctic sea ice in the life cycle of marine benthic invertebrates with a major focus on polychaetes.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant OPP-0520566. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Data collected in this project will contribute to the Arctic Ocean Diversity project as part of the Census of Marine Life

 

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