Wilkinson Basin Time Series Station (WBTS): Mesozooplankton 2004-2017

Sampling event
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18 January 2023
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Mesozooplankton time series data collected at Wilkinson Basin Time Series (WBTS) between January 1, 2005 and July 19, 2017. Sampling was conducted in collaboration with Drs. Doug Vandemark and Joe Salisbury and Research Associate Shawn Shellito at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). Between 2004-2008, the WBTS station was sampled at approximately monthly intervals by the Coastal Ocean Observing and Analysis Center (COOA: http://www.opal.sr.unh.edu/) at the University of New Hampshire, where J. Runge was a research faculty member until moving to the University of Maine in October, 2006. The WBTS station (known as Station WB-7 during the COOA project) was the furthest station on a transect extending out from Portsmouth Harbor. Funding for COOA ended in 2008 and the Wilkinson Basin was sampled at much less frequent intervals without zooplankton sample collection between September, 2008 and April, 2012. Between April 6, 2012 and May 21, 2013, the WBTS station was sampled at monthly intervals including zooplankton collection with the support of an NSF RAPID award to J. Runge (OCE-.1235920). In 2014, WBTS was sampled on three occasions. With the NSF award OCE- 1459087, entitled “Collaborative Research: Mechanisms supporting persistence of a key plankton species during climate change on the Northwest Atlantic continental shelf”, funding for monthly sampling at the WBTS station was supported between March, 2015 to July, 2017. The zooplankton samples were collected and analyzed by Rebecca Jones (2005-2011) and Cameron Thompson (2012-2017) under the supervision of J.Runge. Hydrographic and other environmental data were collected by the OPAL group at UNH under the supervision of J. Salisbury and D. Vandemark.

Data Records

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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Runge J, Karp Boss L, Kinnison M, Poulton N, Teegarden G, Vandemark D (2023): Wilkinson Basin Time Series Station (WBTS): Mesozooplankton 2004-2017. v1.4. United States Geological Survey. Dataset/Samplingevent. https://www1.usgs.gov/obis-usa/ipt/resource?r=gom_wbts_mesozooplankton&v=1.4


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Jeffrey Runge
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine
Lee Karp Boss
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Michael Kinnison
  • Originator
School of Biology and Ecology, University of Maine
Nicole Poulton
  • Originator
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Greg Teegarden
  • Originator
Natural Sciences Department, St. Joseph’s College
Douglas Vandemark
  • Originator
School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, University of New Hampshire
Dylan Pugh
  • Metadata Provider
Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems
Abby Benson
  • Publisher
U.S. Geological Survey
Mathew Biddle
  • Distributor
Physical Scientist
United States Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (US MBON)
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Geographic Coverage

Gulf of Maine: Wilkinson Basin

Bounding Coordinates South West [41.86, -71.04], North East [42.9, -69.49]