The major objectives of this proposal can be summarized as follows:
1. To increase our knowledge on the ecophysiology of copepod nauplii and their capability to cope with environmental variability and render successful recruitment of populations.
2. To study the process of ageing and senescence in adult copepods, in order to assess the changes in their feeding and reproductive performance and improve our capability to predict the fate of natural populations of copepods.
3. To study the effects of dietary stoichiometry limitation on copepod performance, and to assess the importance of supplementary feeding vs. selective feeding as strategies to determine selectivity patterns in copepods.