Background: Copepods outnumber every other multicellular animal group. They are critical components of the
world’s freshwater and marine ecosystems, sensitive indicators of local and global climate change, key ecosystem
service providers, parasites and predators of economically important aquatic animals and potential vectors of
waterborne disease. Copepods sustain the world fisheries that nourish and support human populations. Although
genomic tools have transformed many areas of biological and biomedical research, their power to elucidate
aspects of the biology, behavior and ecology of copepods has only recently begun to be exploited.
James E Bron, Dagmar Frisch, Erica Goetze, Stewart C Johnson, Carol Eunmi Lee and Grace A Wyngaard