at the bottom of the food chain

at the bottom of the food chain

At or occupying the position of least importance or influence in a social, corporate, or political hierarchy. As an intern, you're always at the bottom of the food chain, so be prepared to do whatever anyone else tells you to do.
See also: bottom, chain, food, of
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Because hatchlings released are at the bottom of the food chain, only a small fraction survives to be adults.
Ultimately, the project will enhance key habitats for several fish species, including forage species at the bottom of the food chain, namely, the stickleback, rainbow smelt, herring and capelin; predatory species like the striped bass and flounder; and migratory species, such as salmon and the American eel.
"Right now we're at the bottom of the food chain," he said.
For those in the D and E classes of our society, the latest inflation rate effectively translates to a higher percentage because being at the bottom of the food chain, they wind up paying for all the incremental expenses in the production and delivery of basic commodities to them.
It's analogous to a shark cruising the ocean, giving no thought to the zooplankton at the bottom of the food chain. However, without those microscopic organisms the tiny baitfish don't survive, and without the baitfish the larger fish disappear and the shark has nothing to eat.
"Micro-algae is at the bottom of the food chain and is eaten by fish, which are consequently rich in omega-3, so we knew it was a good source," she said.
At the bottom of the food chain are the aspiring young actors or jockeys.
First I would probably place men at the bottom of the food chain. On a grander scale, I would say they're reacting to change.
Likewise for the silverfish, Antarctic krill and crystal krill at the bottom of the food chain. This is a very complex ecology, and we've just begun to study it.
Ants are also at the bottom of the food chain, serving as a vital food source for birds and other small animals.
It does break down, but only into tiny, invisible pieces, which are ingested by creatures right down at the bottom of the food chain.
(plankton) Plankton is at the bottom of the food chain. Move it to the bottom of the board.
I wonder how governments do not realise that while the farmer might be at the bottom of the food chain, if he stops producing that food all of us will eventually go hungry.
And if the meals for those down at the bottom of the food chain was dire there was also the problem of poorly ventilated Kitchens and sleeping in airless cupboards.