Effect of multiple stressors on coastal copepods – MULTICOP
In MULTICOP, we study the complex question of how multiple stressors (biological stress and anthropogenic toxicants) affect critical biological responses at the individual- and population-level in important coastal marine animals: copepods. We take an integrative approach, combining lab, field and modelling studies, to understand how perceived predation risk affects the toxicity response to copper exposure – an antifouling biocide used in high volume in shipping and aquaculture along the Norwegian coast.
Our results will have important societal impact and provide urgently needed knowledge of the biological effects from multiple stressors with importance to future environmental management and seafood production.
The MULTICOP project started May 2020, and we have a wide range of potential master projects available. Some projects focus on the effects of multiple stressors on life history endpoints and the underlying mechanisms, whereas others compare selected responses between species. Targeted endpoints are vital life history parameters, including reproduction, foraging and other behaviours. We will develop specific master projects together with interested candidates.
You will conduct laboratory experiments and have the opportunity to learn essential laboratory and advanced data analysis skills, and you will be part of a friendly and welcoming research environment. The MULTICOP project is funded by the Research Council of Norway, and the master students will be included in project meetings and other project activities.
If you want to get an idea about our previous studies, you can check out our last articles on the topic:
Heuschele, J., Lode, T., Andersen, T., & Titelman, J. (2020). The Hidden Dimension–Context‐Dependent Expression of Repeatable Behaviour in Copepods. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
Heuschele, J., Lode, T., Andersen, T., Borgå, K., & Titelman, J. (2019). An affordable and automated imaging approach to acquire highly resolved individual data—an example of copepod growth in response to multiple stressors. PeerJ, 7, e6776.
Sahlmann, A., Lode, T., Heuschele, J., Borgå, K., Titelman, J., & Hylland, K. (2019). Genotoxic Response and Mortality in 3 Marine Copepods Exposed to Waterborne Copper. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 38(10), 2224-2232.
Lode, T., Heuschele, J., Andersen, T., Titelman, J., Hylland, K., & Borgå, K. (2018). Predation risk potentiates toxicity of a common metal contaminant in a coastal copepod. Environmental Science & Technology, 52(22), 13535-13542.