Elise Skottene

Elise Skottene is a PhD candidate at the Department of Biology. She belongs to the research groups for marine sciences and environmental toxicology.

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Written by Elise Skottene

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A crude awakening: why should we care about contaminated copepods?

Who hasn’t seen the oil covered seabirds and big-eyed otters in the news after massive oil spills like Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon? The images represent how oil production can impact the marine environment and are visually powerful. Oil covered zooplankton may not be equally heartbreaking – but it should be. Exposure to toxic oil compounds during critical life phases of low trophic level copepods have the potential to shift entire ecosystem dynamics.