Kendra L. Daly
College of Marine Science
University of South Florida
140 Seventh Ave. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Office: MSL Rm 220C
Lab: MSL 224B-C
Dr. Daly's research interests focus on zooplankton ecology with the aim of understanding the physical and biological factors that control the abundance and distribution of zooplankton and the role of zooplankton in marine food webs, biogeochemical cycles, and fisheries oceanography. Projects include investigations of (1) the Gulf of Mexico lower trophic food web response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, (2) the role of marine snow in the sedimentation of Deepwater Horizon oil to the sea floor, and (3) ecosystem dynamics and predator-prey interactions in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, using the SCINI remotely operated vehicle with a variety of sensors.
Dr. Daly is a 2015 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She also is Secretary of the Biological Oceanography section of AGU, Chair of the Ocean Observatories Initiative Facilities Board (OOIFB), a member of the International Science Advisory Board for Ocean Networks Canada, and serves on the NSF Regional Class Research Vessel Science Oversight Committee.
Research projects include:
Oil-Marine Snow-Mineral Aggregate Interactions and Sedimentation during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The goal of this project is to use coagulation theory to develop a predictive, mechanistic model for how oil coagulates with particulate material and sinks to the seafloor in the marine environment.
C-IMAGE (Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems). The focus of this project is to assess the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the lower trophic food web. We completed 22 cruises in the northern Gulf of Mexico and west Florida shelf using CTD and other environmental sensors, net tows, and the SIPPER camera imaging system.
The Role of Top Predators in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. The major goal of this multi-disciplinary project is to assess the influence of topâdown forcing (predation) on pelagic zooplankton and fish in the relatively pristine Ross Sea. The abundance and distribution of phytoplankton, sea ice biota, and prey were quantified using ice cores, CTD and fluorescence profiles, acoustic transects, and ROV imagery.