Modeling the Impacts of UV-B Radiation on Ecological Interactions in Freshwater and Marine Ecosystems

  • Horacio E. Zagarese
  • Craig E. Williamson
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 18)


Recent data demonstrating global increases in biologically damaging UV-B radiation raise the need for knowledge of how natural communities and ecosystems will respond to these environmental changes. These responses are likely to differ in terrestrial versus aquatic environments, and in freshwater versus marine environments due to fundamental differences in the structure and function of these ecosystems.

Here we develop a simple conceptual model of how Zooplankton are likely to respond to changes in UV-B radiation. Recognizing the selective pressures of direct damage from UV-B radiation and the variety of responses that aquatic organisms exhibit in response to high levels of UV-B, we focus on the implications of these responses for ecological interactions at the community and ecosystem levels in freshwater and marine environments.

Key Words

UV-B radiation zooplankton vertical migration pigmentation environmental gradients light community structure aquatic ecosystem 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Horacio E. Zagarese
    • 1
  • Craig E. Williamson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Earth and Environmental SciencesLehigh UniversityBethlehemUSA

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