The project will investigate the benthic macrofaunal communities along a Longitudinal transect in the Barents Sea, and over different seasons to try and determine whether the fauna preferentially feed on ice algae as opposed to phytoplankton
Year 1: Literature review on the changing faunal community in the Barents Sea, and more widely in the Arctic and the impact of a changing climate and food resources. To identify the fauna to allow for determining the composition and, species and functional diversity of the benthic communities
Year 2: Time spent at Akvaplan-niva/University of Tromso to aid with identification. Investigations of the highly branched isoprenoids found in the larger benthic fauna.