New publication on pelagic-benthic coupling in kelp forests

I’m excited to announce a new publication out in Marine Ecology Progress Series! This is one of my dissertation chapters and focuses on the connections between the nearshore kelp forest in central California and the adjacent open ocean ecosystem. For the work, I used stomach content and stable isotope analyses to explore the extent of pelagic-benthic coupling in this system and what it means for nearshore rockfish species. 

Figure 1 from the paper – results from mixing models that show substantial use of pelagic carbon by all four focal rockfish species!

As part of this paper, I collected a whole lot of stable isotope data that I didn’t end up using – for juvenile rockfish (of several species and different life phases), juvenile lingcod, several invertebrate kelp forest consumers, kelp and red algae. I am happy to share any of those data and/or the underlying data from this paper. If you’re interested, please reach out via email. 

And check out the paper –