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Virtual Special Issue: Pacific Plankton

The Pacific Ocean is the largest of the world oceans. It’s importance is reflected in the number and variety of papers published in Journal of Plankton Research, both historically and to the present day.

To coincide with the 2017 Aquatic Sciences Meeting being held from Feb 26 to March 3 in Honolulu, Hawaii, we are highlighting a selection of recent papers as well as classics from the JPR archive, in this Virtual Special Issue.

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Identification of Azadinium poporum (Dinophyceae) in the Southeast Pacific: morphology, molecular phylogeny, and azaspiracid profile characterization
Urban Tillmann, Nicole Trefault, Bernd Krock, Génesis Parada-Pozo, Rodrigo De la Iglesia, Mónica Vásquez
J Plankton Res (2017) 1-18

A study of microphytoplankton and cyanobacteria consortia in four oligotrophic regimes in the western part of the North Pacific subtropical gyre and in the warm pool
Mathias Girault, Gérald Gregori, Aude Barani, Hisayuki Arakawa
J Plankton Res (2016) 38 (5): 1317-1333

Measurements of nitrogen fixation in the oligotrophic North Pacific Subtropical Gyre using a free-drifting submersible incubation device
Deniz Bombar, Craig D. Taylor, Samuel T. Wilson, Julie C. Robidart, Ariel Rabines, Kendra A. Turk-Kubo, John N. Kemp, David M. Karl, Jonathan P. Zehr
J Plankton Res (2015) 37 (4): 727-739

Phytoplankton responses to nitrogen and iron limitation in the tropical and subtropical Pacific Ocean
Qian Li, Louis Legendre, Nianzhi Jiao
J Plankton Res (2015) 37 (2): 306-319

Temporal patterns of species composition of siliceous phytoplankton flux in the Santa Barbara Basin
E. L. Venrick, C. B. Lange, F. M. H. Reid, E. P. Dever
J Plankton Res (2008) 30 (3): 283-297

Vertical migration of Rhizosolenia mats and their significance to NO3− fluxes in the central North Pacific gyre
Tracy A. Villareal, Samantha Woods, J.Keith Moore, Karen Culver Rymsza
J Plankton Res (1996) 18 (7): 1103-1121

Effect of El Niño Southern Oscillation events on the distribution and abundance of phytoplankton in the Western Pacific Tropical Ocean along 165°E
Jean Blanchot, Martine Rodier, Aubert Le Bouteiller
J Plankton Res (1992) 14 (1): 137-156

The vertical distributions of chlorophyll and phytoplankton species in the North Pacific central environment
E.L. Venrick
J Plankton Res (1988) 10 (5): 987-998

The structure of the phytoplankton community in the subsurface chlorophyll maxima in the western North Pacific Ocean
Ken Furuya, Ryuzo Marumo
J Plankton Res (1983) 5 (3): 393-406


Phylogeography and connectivity of the Pseudocalanus (Copepoda: Calanoida) species complex in the eastern North Pacific and the Pacific Arctic Region
Jennifer Marie Questel, Leocadio Blanco-Bercial, Russell R. Hopcroft, Ann Bucklin
J Plankton Res (2016) 38 (3): 610-623

Vertical distribution of Eucalanoid copepods within the Costa Rica Dome area of the Eastern Tropical Pacific
Melanie L. Jackson, Sharon L. Smith
J Plankton Res (2016) 38 (2): 305-316

Evaluation of functional trait diversity for marine zooplankton communities in the Northeast subarctic Pacific Ocean
Corinne Pomerleau, Akash R. Sastri, Beatrix E. Beisner
J Plankton Res (2015) 37 (4): 712-726

Spatial patterns in zooplankton communities and stable isotope ratios (δ13C and δ15N) in relation to oceanographic conditions in the sub-Arctic Pacific and western Arctic regions during the summer of 2008
Corinne Pomerleau, R. John Nelson, Brian P.V. Hunt, Akash R. Sastri, William J. Williams
J Plankton Res (2014) 36 (3): 757-775

Fine-scale vertical distribution of macroplankton and micronekton in the Eastern Tropical North Pacific in association with an oxygen minimum zone
Amy E. Maas, Sarah L. Frazar, Dawn M. Outram, Brad A. Seibel, Karen F. Wishner
J Plankton Res (2014) 36 (6): 1557-1575

Euphausia pacifica brood sizes: a North Pacific synthesis
L. R. Feinberg, C. T. Shaw, W. T. Peterson, M. Décima, Y. Okazaki S.-J. Ju
J Plankton Res (2013) 35 (6): 1192-1206

Variability in northwards extension of warm water copepods in the NE Pacific
Sonia D. Batten, Anthony W. Walne
J Plankton Res (2011) 33 (11): 1643-1653


Video plankton recorder reveals high abundances of colonial Radiolaria in surface waters of the central North Pacific
Mark R. Dennett, David A. Caron, Anthony F. Michaels, Scott M. Gallager, Cabell S. Davis
J Plankton Res (2002) 24 (8): 797-805


Subtropical ocean ecosystem structure changes forced by North Pacific climate variations
Robert R. Bidigare, Fei Chai, Michael R. Landry, Roger Lukas, Cecelia C. S. Hannides, Stephanie J. Christensen, David M. Karl, Lei Shi, Yi Chao
J Plankton Res (2009) 31 (10): 1131-1139

Spatial patterns of chlorophyll, primary production, macrozooplankton biomass, and physical structure in the central North Pacific Ocean
Thomas L. Hayward, John A. McGowan
J Plankton Res (1985) 7 (2): 147-167

Links to higher trophic levels

Macro-ecology of plankton–seabird associations in the North Pacific Ocean
William J. Sydeman, Sarah Ann Thompson, Jarrod A. Santora, Michael F. Henry, Ken H. Morgan, Sonia D. Batten
J Plankton Res (2010) 32 (12): 1697-1713

The role of temperature on the growth and survival of early and late hatching Pacific cod larvae (Gadus macrocephalus)
Benjamin J. Laurel, Thomas P. Hurst, Louise A. Copeman, Michael W. Davis
J Plankton Res (2008) 30 (9): 1051-1060

Predation by a carnivorous marine copepod, Euchaeta elongata Esterly, on eggs and larvae of the Pacific hake, Merluccius productus
K.M. Bailey, J. Yen
J Plankton Res (1983) 5 (1): 71-82

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