Arctic Copepods

Mitigating the Damage to Arctic Copepods from Surface Oil Spills: When to Apply Dispersants




Bigelow Laboratory
for Ocean Sciences

The goal of this project is to test the ability of copepods to avoid surface oil spills with and without dispersants. A key facet of the research is identifying and understanding knowledge gaps related to oil toxicity for Arctic copepods. Calanus copepods are an essential Arctic species, hence their experimental focus.

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The objective of this project is to identify the current state-of-the-art Arctic maritime oil spill response modeling, potential integration of these models, and specific needs to be addressed to obtain models that will be functional and effective in the response time scale to advance the Federal On-Scene Coordinator’s decision making during an incident. This will be accomplished through an Arctic Maritime Spill Response Modeling workshop focused on goals to provide a pathway towards a useful oil spill response model that will inform decision-makers during spills.


Coming Soon


ADAC's Arctic Summer Internship Program is made possible by the combined efforts of our PI's and staff.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Christoph Aeppli

Ph.D. Environmental Chemistry Senior Research Scientist, Marine Chemist Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Principal Investigator

Dr. David Fields

Ph.D. Coastal Oceanography Senior Research Scientist, Zooplankton Ecologist Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences