Peter Wiebe


Throughout his career, biologist Peter Wiebe has contributed extensively to increasing our understanding of the ecology of zooplankton, its role in ecosystems and how it affects fish production. Wiebe is regularly at the forefront of technology development for tracking zooplankton distribution and abundances and for the Twilight Zone project, he’s been instrumental in helping design several of the systems that the OTZ team is using—from the MOCNESS (opening/closing net and environmental sensing system) to Deep-See, and Mesobot.

Research Interests

The quantitative population ecology of zooplankton with emphasis on zooplankton small-scale distribution and abundance, organic matter transport into the deep-sea, the biology of Gulf Stream Rings, zooplankton associated with deep-sea hydrothermal vents, dynamics of populations on Georges Bank and on the continental shelf region of the Western Antarctic Peninsula, acoustical determination of zooplankton biomass, abundance, and size, the census of holozooplankton biodiversity in the worlds oceans, and data management (the dissemination, protection, and storage of marine biogeochemical and ecological data and information developed in the course of ocean research).