Biodiversity in the deep ocean
My work in deep-sea biodiversity addresses “species” and “habitats” (the same two sub-goals of the biodiversity goal of the Ocean Health Index). For “species,” my expertise is mainly benthic invertebrates. For "habitats," in the past decade I have focused on deep-sea hydrothermal vent fields. I created and maintain the online InterRidge Global Database of Active Submarine Hydrothermal Vent Fields. I co-authored the chapter on vents and seeps for the first United Nations World Ocean Assessment. I serve as a "Deep-sea Expert" for INDEEP, the international network for scientific investigation of deep-sea ecosystems.
Please use the menu (left) to browse my current and previous research projects related to biodiversity in the deep ocean.
I also lead projects for digital globes, including NOAA's Science On a Sphere, to bring deep-sea biodiversity to science education centers around the world (also click on left tab for "Teaching and education research").
Last updated: October 21, 2016