Cutting-Edge Research
in Kyoto University


Dynamics of Zooplankton Investigating links between phytoplankton and fish production.

Microscopic image of estuarine copepods

Defined as animals that drift with the surrounding water, zooplankton encompass all sorts of taxonomic groups and play a wide variety of ecological functions in aquatic environments. My research focuses on small crustacean groups, specifically copepods and mysids, which are essential links between phytoplankton and fish production. My interests include how copepods and mysids respond to their changing environment, how they interact with one another, and how they contribute to fish production. Using simple traditional techniques, I conduct physical and biological sampling in rivers, estuaries, and coastal waters regularly throughout the year. For me, microscopic analyses of zooplankton samples are always full of wonder, and often lead to new research questions.

Keita Suzuki, PhD
Assistant professor, Maizuru Fisheries Research Station, FSERC