My research is focused on trophic relationships between algae and creatures at the base of marine, estuarine, and lake food webs. I use fatty acids as biomarkers for questions about consumer resource use and lipid metabolism.
Why does this matter? Aquatic ecosystems host a diverse flora of phytoplankton, seaweeds, and seagrasses, which synthesize 'essential' omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Zooplankton, fish, orcas, and even humans ultimately rely upon algae to generate these molecules for all food webs.
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