Site: Beaufort Lagoon Ecosystems LTER

Credit: BLE LTER

Most consumers in Beaufort Sea lagoons exhibit omnivorous (generalist) feeding strategies. Food web structure shifts with the seasons as food sources change from ice cover to open water. Multiple food sources provide sustenance to consumers including allochthonous (marine and terrestrial/ riverine organic matter) and autochthonous (microphytobenthic and phytoplankton) organic matter.