Melissa Rohal is on a mission to stick up for the little guys. They’re not as attractive as dolphins or sea turtles, but benthic macrofauna are all the rage in the deep ocean. Small animals like worms, copepods and nematodes fill a key role in the food web and act as indicator species of the health of the ecosystem.
Melissa is a Ph.D. student at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi’s Harte Institute. She is investigating the effects of oil spills on the deep-sea ecosystem services that meio- and macro-fauna provide. Learn more about her journey and research here.