Marine Cladocerans Form and Function: Biological Illustration
Did you know there are only 8 species of ocean crustaceans in the order Cladocera (commonly called "water fleas") compared to over 600 freshwater species? Brianna compiled information about this under-studied group of organisms and created illustrations for each of the species from all photos available online.
Brianna's study compared natural histories and forms of the species she illustrated. She gave a compelling presentation using data about species distribution to make observations about the form as it related to the organisms' ecosystem functions. She ended with a question about whether or not any of these species could be found near NYC and shortly after was a part of an expedition that used plankton nets to survey invertebrates in Coney Island Creek that found a marine cladoceran specimen!
This page was created by BioBus Summer 2021 Jr. Scientist William Rhee.