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    Louise A Copeman

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    Assistant Professor (Senior Research)
    Discipline: Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry
    Office: Burt 436
    Phone: 541-737-6840
    Email: lcopeman@coas.oregonstate.edu


    Fatty acids and lipid classes in marine food webs, climate change in temperate and polar systems, essential fatty acid nutrition, trophic ecology, lipid biomarkers, larval nutrition, larviculture and lipid enrichment of live foods. 

    Research Interests

    I study the mechanisms and consequences of environmental variation on energy uptake and compartmentalization in cold-water marine organisms. I am particularly interested in the effects of temperature, oxygen, oil contamination and pH on energy allocation, growth and development in early life stages of crabs and fish.  Further, I explore how these physical factors interact with climate-induced changes in food quality (total lipids and fatty acids) to influence animal survival.  I aim to provide environmentally-dependent physiological rates (i.e. growth rates, mortality rates, and tissue-specific lipid storage rates) that can be parameterized and modelled to make predictions about population persistence, biogeography and health of marine species.

    Current Research

    Directing research and mentoring graduate students at the Marine Lipids Laboratory (Hatfield Marine Sciences Center), a Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies Facility (CIMRS).

    Select Current Collaborative Projects Include:

    Toxicity of oil and dispersants to developing Arctic cod. BOEM/NOAA (Incardona, Laurel, Copeman et al. 2017-2019)

    Optimal overwintering thermal habitat of juvenile walleye pollock (Gadus chalcogrammus) from the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska. NOAA-Essential Fish Habitat Program (Laurel, Heintz, Copeman, Hurst 2017-2018). 

    Optimal thermal habitats of federally managed crab species (Chionoecetes spp.) in relation to the Bering Sea cold pool. NOAA-Essential Fish Habitat Program (Ryer & Copeman 2016-2017) 

    Effects of Ocean Acidification on Alaskan gadids: sensitivity to variation in prey quality and behavioral responses. NOAA-Ocean Acidification Program (Hurst & Copeman (2016-2017)

    Arctic Integrated Ecosystem Survey (IES).  North Pacific Research Board (Farley & Copeman 2016-2021)

    Pacification’ of the Arctic: Climate change impacts on the eggs and larvae of Alaskan gadids. North Pacific Research Board (Laurel & Copeman 2015-2017)

    Select Past Collaborative Projects Include:

    Arctic cod in a warming ocean: the interactive effects of temperature and food availability. North Pacific Research Board. (Laurel & Copeman 2014-2016)

    Nutrition and condition of red king crab larvae: enhancement of king crabs to improve sustainability of Alaskan coastal communities. Alaskan Sea Grant. (Eckert, Copeman, Daly & Swingle)

    Linking climate variation and trophic ecology of northern anchovy (Engraulis mordax) in the Northern California Current (NCC). Living Marine Resource Cooperative Science Center. (Miller et al.)

    Determinants of juvenile Tanner crab growth from different nursery embayments. The Habitat and Ecological Processes Research (HEPR) Program, NOAA. (Ryer, Copeman & Spencer)


    B.Sc. (Hons) - Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada - 1996

    M.Sc. (Aquaculture) - Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada - 2001

    Ph.D. (Marine Ecology) - Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada - 2011

    Graduate Students

    Brittany Koenker (M.Sc. Candidate MRM-CEOAS)


    Copeman LA, Laurel BJ, Spencer M, Sremba A. 2017. Temperature impacts on lipid allocation among gadid species at the Pacific Arctic–Boreal interface: a common garden laboratory approach. Marine Ecology Progress Series 566: 183–198. http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/meps/v566/.

    Miller, JA, Peterson, WP, Copeman, LA, Du, X, Morgan, CA, Litz, MCN. Temporal variation in the biochemical ecology of lower trophic levels in the Northern California Current. Submitted January 2017 to Progress in Oceanography

    Litz M, Miller J, Copeman L, Hurst T.  Effects of dietary fatty acids on juvenile salmon growth, biochemistry, and aerobic performance: a laboratory rearing experiment. In Revision February 2017 to Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.

    Laurel BJ, Copeman LA, Spencer M, Iseri P.  Temperature-dependent growth as a function of size and age in juvenile Arctic cod (Boreogadus saida). Accepted February 2017 to ICES Journal of Marine Science

    Litz MNC, Miller JA, Copeman LA, Teel DJ, Weitkamp LA, Daly EA, Claiborne AM. 2016. Ontogenetic shifts in diet of juvenile Chinook salmon: new insight from stable isotopes and fatty acids. Publish on-line November 2016. Journal of Environmental Biology of Fishes Special Issue from the 2015 AFS Gutshop. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10641-016-0542-5

    Bosley KM, Copeman L, Dumbuald B, Bosley KL. 2017. Identification of food resources for thalassidean shrimps in an Oregon estuary using fatty acids analysis and stable isotope ratios. Estuaries and Coasts.  http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12237-016-0193-y

    Copeman, L.A., Laurel, B.J., Boswell, K.M., Sremba, A., Klinck, K., Heintz, R., Vollenweider, J., Helser, T., Spencer, M. 2016. Ontogenetic and spatial variability in trophic biomarkers of juvenile saffron cod (Eleginus gracilis) from the Beaufort, Chukchi and Bering Seas. Polar Biology 39 (6): 1109–1126.

    Laurel, B.J., Spencer, M., Iseri, P., Copeman, L.A. 2016. Temperature-dependent growth and behavior of juvenile Arctic cod (Boreogadus saida) and co-occurring North Pacific gadids. Polar Biology 39 (6): 1127–1135.

    Copeman, L.A., Daly, B., Eckert, G., Swingle, J. 2014. Storage and utilization of lipid classes and fatty acids during the early ontogeny of blue king crab, Paralithodes platypus. Aquaculture 424:86-94.

    Copeman, L.A., Laurel, B.J., Parrish, C.C. 2013. Rate of uptake of nearshore fatty acid biomarkers in Pacific juvenile gadids (Gadus macrocephalus and Theragra chalcogramma) as a function of temperature and tissue type. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 448: 188-196.

    Stoner, A.W., Copeman, L.A., Ottmar, M.L. 2013. Molting, growth, and energetics of newly-settled blue king crab: effects of temperature and comparisons with red king crab. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 442: 10-21.

    Laurel, B.J., Copeman, L.A., Parrish, C.C. 2012. The role of temperature on lipid/fatty acid composition in Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus) eggs and unfed larvae. Marine biology 159 (9): 2025-2034.

    Copeman, L.A., Stoner, A.W., Ottmar, M.L., Daly, B., Parrish, C.C., Eckert, G.L. 2012. Total lipid, lipid classes and fatty acids of newly settled red king crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus): comparison of hatchery-cultured and wild crabs. Journal of Shellfish Research 31(1): 153-165. 2012.

    Stoner, A.W., Ottmar, M.L., Copeman, L.A. 2010. Temperature effects on the molting, growth, and lipid composition of newly-settled red king crab, Paralithodes camtschaticus. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 393(1-2): 138-147

    Daly, E., Benkwitt, C., Brodeur, R., Litz, M., Copeman, L. 2010. Fatty acid profiles of juvenile salmon indicate prey selection strategies in coastal marine waters. Marine Biology 157: 1975-1987.

    Copeman, L.A., Laurel, B.J. 2010. Experimental evidence of fatty acid limited growth and survival in Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus) larvae. Marine Ecology Progress Series 412: 259-272.

    Laurel, B.J., Copeman, L.A., Hurst, T.P., Parrish, C.C. 2010. The ecological significance of lipid/fatty acid synthesis in developing eggs and unfed larvae of Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus). Marine Biology 157(8): 1713-1724.

    Copeman, L.A., Parrish, C.C., Gregory, R.S., Jamieson, R.E., Well, J., Whiticar, M.J. 2009. Fatty acid biomarkers in coldwater eelgrass meadows: elevated terrestrial input to the food web of age-0 Atlantic cod Gadus morhua. Marine Ecology Progress Series 386: 237-251.

    Laurel, B.J., Hurst, T.P., Copeman, L.A., Davis, M.W. 2008. The role of temperature on the growth and survival of early and late hatching Pacific cod larvae (Gadus macrocephalus). J. Plankton Research 30(9): 1051-1060.

    Copeman, L.A., Parrish, C.C., Gregory, R.S., Wells, J. 2008. Decreased lipid storage in juvenile Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) during settlement in cold-water eelgrass habitat. Marine Biology 154(5): 823-832.

    Copeman, L.A., Parrish, C.C. 2004. Lipid Classes, Fatty Acids, and Sterols in Seafood from Gilbert Bay, Southern Labrador. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 52(15): 4872-4882.

    Copeman, L.A., Parrish, C.C. 2003. Marine lipids in a cold coastal ecosystem. Marine Biology 143 (6): 1213-1229.

    Copeman, L.A., Parrish, C.C. 2002. Lipid composition of mal-pigmented and normally pigmented newly settled yellowtail flounder, Limanda ferruginea. Aquaculture Research 33(15): 1209-1221.

    Copeman, L.A., Parrish, C.C., Brown, J.A., Harel, M. 2002. Effects of DHA, EPA and AA on the early growth, survival, lipid composition and pigmentation of yellowtail flounder (Limanda ferruginea); a live food enrichment experiment. Aquaculture 210: 185-204.

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