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Julie Keister

Research areas

Julie Keister’s research focuses on the physical and biological processes that effect abundances and distributions of zooplankton in coastal ecosystems. She works on interdisciplinary projects using a combination of field collections, satellite data, and laboratory experiments to examine physical and biological patterns. Specific topics of interest or research include: basin-scale links between physical dynamics (winds, circulation, stratification) and zooplankton populations in the Pacific Ocean, effects of dissolved oxygen concentration on distributions of zooplankton in Puget Sound, Washington, and the role of mesoscale circulation features in the cross-shelf flux of carbon in coastal upwelling areas.