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Catalog Record: Chukchi Sea Environmental Studies Program: Benthic Ecology
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CPAI
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Funding
UAF
SHELL
STAT

Chukchi Sea Environmental Studies Program: Benthic Ecology

Primary production reaching the sea floor is consumed by benthic organisms (animals living in or closely associated with sediments) allowing these communities to flourish in the Chukchi Sea. Prior work in the Chukchi Sea has been broadly focused and smaller-scale information is needed. Thus, invertebrate organisms dwelling in sediments (macrofauna including marine worms, clams, snails, and other small animals) and larger, mobile animals on top of the sediments (megafauna including brittle stars, sea stars, sea cucumbers, crabs, and shrimps) are sampled to understand the ecology of the benthic fauna in the study areas. The study is investigating relationships between invertebrate community composition and environmental characteristics to understand what factors influence community structures. The benthic team is also evaluating invertebrate food-web structure through tissue isotope analysis. Compared to other studies in the area, the smaller scale of the CSESP allows for stronger insights into the geologic and oceanographic factors structuring and influencing benthic animals in the region.

Complete
2008-01-01

Data and Resources

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    Website :: CSESP Project Website

    https://www.chukchiscience.com/

Status: Complete
Start Date: 2008/01/01
Type: Project
Primary Contacts
Name: Arny Blanchard
Primary Organizations
Type
ConocoPhillips
Industry/Consultants

Funding Organization
Type
ConocoPhillips
Industry/Consultants

Other Organizations
Statoil, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Shell Exploration and Production Company

Regions
Alaska, North Slope

Collections
ConocoPhillips Environmental Studies

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