The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 225, Issue 4, pp 669–683

Fluid dynamic constraints on resource acquisition in small pelagic organisms


DOI: 10.1140/epjst/e2015-50261-1

Cite this article as:
Kiørboe, T. Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. (2016) 225: 669. doi:10.1140/epjst/e2015-50261-1
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Cooperative Particles: Patchy Colloids, Active Matter and Nanofluids


Physicists have long examined the fluid dynamics of swimming at low Reynolds number, but the main scope has rarely been to understand the behavior and ecology of microorganisms. However, many ecological questions about the functioning of small aquatic organisms can only be addressed by the application of formal fluid physics. Here, I examine resource acquisition mechanisms in small aquatic organisms, ranging from uptake of dissolved molecules to feeding on suspended particulate prey, and examine how organism behaviors and morphologies may be shaped by the often non-intuitive small-scale fluid physics.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Ocean Life, DTU Aqua, Technical University of DenmarkCharlottenlundDenmark

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