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Jay Peterson

Jay Peterson

Post-doctoral Research Associate

Zooplankton Ecology

Tel: (541) 867-0424
Fax: (541) 867-0389

River Influences on Shelf Ecosystems
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  • Ph.D. Environmental Sciences
    University of Massachusetts Boston - Environmental, Coastal and Ocean Sciences Program

  • M.A. Marine Science
    University of Texas - Austin

  • B.S. Zoology
    University of Wisconsin - Madison
Research Interests

    I am currently studying the interactions between zooplankton and meso-scale physical processes (fronts, eddies, currents). Since zooplankton are the major link between primary production and upper torphic levels in aquatic environments, gaining a better understanding of what processes control the abundnace, biomass and distribution os zooplankton becomes ciritcal for being able to predict what resources will be available for upper trophic levels, including fish, birds and marine mammals.

    • Zooplankton distribution and abundance in relation to physical features.
    • Optical and acoustic detection of zooplankton, especially krill and larger copepod species.
    • How zones of hypoxia influence the vertical distribution of zooplankton along the Oregon shelf.

Current Research Projects


    River Influence on Shelf Ecosystems (RISE)
    Copepod This project is a 3 year field study investigating the influence of the Columbia River plume on physical, biological and chemical processes along the Oregon and Washington shelf. Field sampling took place during July 2004, June and August 2005, and June 2006.

    Pacific Coast Ocean Observation System (PaCOOS)
    PaCOOS As part of a nationwide effort, NOAA, academic partners, foundations, state fisheries agencies, and other organizations are developing an integrated Pacific Coast Ocean Observing System, (PaCOOS) for the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem. The system shall provide the information needed for management of fishery resources, protected marine mammals, marine birds, and turtles, and to forecast the ecosystem consequences of fisheries removals, environmental variability and climate change.

Service Activities

    Sustainability HMSC Sustainability Committee
    Member of the Hatfield Marine Science Center's (HMSC) committee mandated "to promote, through implementation and demonstration, sustainable practices and technologies throughout HMSC and the community in order to effectively meet society's current needs while maintaining the Earth's natural resources, biodiversity, and habitability for current and future generations."
    Water Water Treatment Task Force
    (September 2006-Present) Member of a committee responsible for overseeing improvements to the water treatment facility for the city of Newport, Oregon.


Hickey, B., R. Kudela , J. Nash , K. Bruland , W. Peterson , P. MacCready , E. Lessard , D. Jay , N. Banas , A. Baptista , E. Dever , P. Kosro , L. Kilcher , A. Horner-Devine, E. Zaron , R. McCabe , J. Peterson, , P. Orton , J. Pan, M. Lohan. 2010. River Influences on Shelf Ecosystems: Introduction and Synthesis. J. Geophys. Res. 115: C00B17, doi:10.1029/2009JC005452

Peterson, J. O., and W. T. Peterson. 2009. Influence of the Columbia River plume on cross-shelf transport of zooplankton. J Geophys Res 114. doi:10.1029/2008JC004965

Juranek, L. W., R. A. Feely, W. T. Peterson, S. R. Alin, B. Hales, K. Lee, C. L. Sabine, and J. Peterson. 2009. A novel method for determination of aragonite saturation state on the continental shelf of central Oregon using multi-parameter relationships with hydrographic data. Geophys. Res. Lett. 36, doi:10.1029/2009GL040778

Peterson, J. O and W. T. Peterson.  2008.  Influence of the Columbia River plume (USA) on the vertical and horizontal distribution of mesozooplankton over the Washington and Oregon shelf.  ICES Journal of Marine Science, 65(3): 477-483.

Zhou, M., Y. Zhu, J. O. Peterson.  2004.  In situ growth and mortality of mesozooplankton during the austral fall and winter in Marguerite Bay and its vicinity.  Deep-Sea Res. II.  51(17-19): 2099-2118.

Dagg, M., J. Urban-Rich, J. Peterson.  2003.  The potential contribution of fecal pellets from large copepods to the flux of biogenic silica and particulate organic carbon in the Antarctic Polar Front region near 170 degrees W.  Deep-Sea Res. II. 50(3-4): 675-691.

Urban-Rich, J., M. Dagg, J. Peterson.  2001.  Copepod grazing on phytoplankton in the Pacific sector of the Antarctic Polar Front.  Deep Sea Res. II 48:  4223-4246.

Zhou, M., Y. Zhu, S. Putnam, J. Peterson.  2001.  Mesoscale variability of physical and biological fields in southeastern Lake Superior.  Limnol. Oceanogr. 46(3): 679-688.

Buskey, E. J., J. O. Peterson, and Julie W. Ambler.  1996  The swarming behavior of the copepod Dioithona oculata:  In situ and laboratory studies.  Limnol. Oceanogr. 41(3):  513-521.

Ambler, J.W., S.A. Broadwater, E.J. Buskey and J.O. Peterson. 1996. Mating behavior in swarms of Dioithona oculata. In: Zooplankton: Sensory ecology and physiology. P.H. Lenz, D.K. Hartline, J.E. Purcell and D.L. MacMillan, eds. Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, Basel. p. 287-299.

Buskey, E. J., J. O. Peterson, and J. W. Ambler.  1995.  The role of photoreception in the swarming behavior of the copepod Dioithona oculata.  Mar. Fresh. Behav. Physiol. 26:  273-285.

Buskey, E. J., C. J. Coulter, J. O. Peterson, and S. L. Brown.  1994.  Measurements of bioluminescence, distribution and abundance of planktonic bioluminescent organisms in the Arabian Sea.  Proceedings of the Arabian Sea Workshop.  Sevastopol, Ukraine.

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