This Backgrounder outlines the oceanographic and evolutionary processes at work in the lives and geography of British Columbia’s coastal zooplankton. The BC zoops interact with their physical environment in remarkable ways. To persist and thrive in that productive region, each zoogeographic group practices innovative life strategies timed in synchrony with the coast’s temporal and spatial variability. All these delicious dynamics attract an ecosystem of predators, including the great whales.
This and other Backgrounders can be found on the Reports page. The above figure is from the seminal review of this topic, Mackas & Coyle (2005).