Supervisor: Gesche Winkler
The GSJ, up to the shelf break, is a marine area opened to the South Atlantic Ocean located off the coast of Argentina in Patagonia. With the potential exploitation of non-renewable resources (i.e., offshore hydrocarbons) and the current exploitation of its natural resources (e.g., fisheries), the GSJ is, and will become increasingly important to the regional and national economy. Partly as a consequence of an oil spill that occurred near the city of Comodoro Rivadavia in 2007, the population and authorities were alerted on the potential risks of oil and gas exploitation on the marine ecosystem of the GSJ. An extensive knowledge of the GSJ is therefore necessary for a sustainable use and safe exploitation of these natural resources, This MSc project will concentrate on the zooplanktonic community. The main objectives of this project are 1)To determine zooplankton biodiversity and community structure at the spatial scale of the Gulf of San Jorge and the "Blue Hole" area, located in the South Atlantic Ocean. 2) Evualuate which environmental factors influence species distribution.