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
The broad goal of my research is to understand the role of zooplankton in marine ecosystems. Zooplankton play pivotal roles in structuring pelagic food webs and mediating biogeochemical cycles, fisheries recruitment, and biomass production in the world’s oceans. My specific research interests encompass zooplankton physiology, population and community dynamics, predator-prey interactions, the implications of multi-scale physical forcing on ecosystem dynamics, and the role of plankton in biogeochemical cycles. I have worked in a number of marine environments, including more recently the Southern Ocean, the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean, the north Pacific Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico.
Current research projects include:
Oil-Marine Snow-Mineral Aggregate Interactions and Sedimentation during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The goal of this project will be 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 II(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 have 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 top−down 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.