Master thesis: Temporal zooplankton and particle distribution in the Weddell Sea

Alfred Wegener Institute
February 14, 2023
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Master thesis: Temporal zooplankton and particle distribution in the Weddell

Sea

Background Understanding marine nutrient and carbon cycling is crucial to quantify and predict sinks and sources of CO2 within the global carbon budget. The interplay between biological (plankton), physical (currents, mixing etc.) and biogeochemical (nutrient turnover) processes, however, is still not fully resolved and especially in polar regions more complex due to a strong seasonality of light and sea ice cover.

Tasks In the herein proposed Master thesis, image data from a year-long mooring deployment in the Weddell Sea will be analyzed with the aim to gain insights about impacts of the zooplankton community on particle distribution and transport. The student will be involved in image analyses as well as data interpretation and synthesis with other physico-chemical parameters.

Requirements Basic knowledge of zooplankton taxonomy as well as data processing (e.g. Python, R, Matlab) is welcome.

Further Information Where: Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research section Benthopelagic Processes in Bremerhaven.

Start: ~April 2023

You are interested? Then please send us your application with cover letter and CV (with all documents merged into one PDF file) by e-mail to: Dr. Andreas Rogge (andreas.rogge@awi.de), Dr. Moritz Holtappels (moritz.holtappels@awi.de) and Prof. Dr. Claudio Richter (claudio.richter@awi.de).

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