Dr Nicola Carrasco

Dr Carrasco is a researcher in estuarine ecology and zooplankton physiology. Specifically, species diversity, trophic relations and the response of zooplankton communities to variable biotic and abiotic conditions in estuarine environments.

Position:   Researcher & Senior lecturer



BSc Hons


Discipline:   Marine Biology
Campus:   Westville
Telephone:   031 260 1194
 Email:   carrasco@ukzn.ac.za
 Research Areas:  

Estuarine ecology, biodiversity, zooplankton ecology and ecophysiology, trophic functioning, food webs

 Recent Publications:  

Jones S, Perissinotto R, Carrasco NK, Vosloo A (2016) Impact of a flood event on the zooplankton of an estuarine lake. Marine Biology Research, DOI: 10.1080/17451000.2015.1104417.


Jones S, Carrasco NK, Perissinotto R, Vosloo A (2016) Association of the epibiont Epistylis sp. with a calanoid copepod in the St Lucia Estuary, South Africa. Journal of Plankton Research, DOI:10.1093/plankt/fbw069.


Nel HA, Perissinotto R, Carrasco NK (2016): Ingestion rates and grazing impact of the brackwater mussel Brachidontes virgiliae in Lake St Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa, African Journal of Marine Science, DOI: 10.2989/1814232X.2016.1186733.


Carrasco NK, Perissinotto R (2015) Zooplankton community structure during a transition from dry to wet state in a shallow, subtropical estuarine lake. Continental Shelf Research, 111: 294-303.

Jones S, Carrasco NK, Perissinotto R (2015) Turbidity effects on the feeding, respiration and mortality of the copepod Pseudodiaptomus stuhlmanni in the St Lucia Estuary, South Africa. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 469: 63-68.

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