Functional traits are those attributes of an individual that influence how it interacts with the abiotic and biotic environment thus linking its characteristics with its ecological role. In my project, I am focusing on the functional traits of copepods to understand their community structure and their ecological role in the Arctic pelagic ecosystem. The project will address different research questions:
o Functional groups: describing the copepod ecological niches;
o Biogeography of traits: investigating how traits are distributed geographically;
o Relation to vertical carbon fluxes: analysing functional traits influencing the vertical export of carbon in the water column.
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