Ms Diva Amon

Ms Diva Amon

Marie Curie Fellow, SCAN-Deep

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Invertebrates Division
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Summary

I’m a Trinidadian marine biologist specialising in deep-sea biology. I study the weird and wonderful animals living in a range of deep-sea habitats and how our actions are impacting them. I'm currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Natural History Museum, London, UK. I’ve participated in deep-sea expeditions around the world and have an extensive science communication and outreach record. I'm also a Lead of the Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative's Minerals Working Group and a member of the Species Survival Commission’s Marine Conservation Committee of the IUCN. I’m also a co-founder of the non-profit NGO, SpeSeas, dedicated to increasing marine science, education and advocacy in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean.

Grants

SCAN-Deep: Systematic Characterisation and Archiving of megafauNa on a regional scale in a Deep-sea area threatened by mining
Role: Principal investigator
Co-investigator: Glover A
Funding: H2020 Excellent Science
Dates: 2018 - 2020

SCAN-Deep: Systematic Characterisation and Archiving of megafauNa on a regional scale in a Deep-sea area threatened by mining
Role: Principal investigator
Co-investigator: Glover A
Funding: H2020 Excellent Science
Dates: 2018 - 2020

Publications

HERZOG S, AMON DJ, SMITH CR, JANUSSEN D (2018) Two new species of Sympagella (Porifera: Hexactinellida: Rossellidae) collected from the Clarion-Clipperton Zone, East Pacific. Zootaxa, 4466 : 152 - 163.

Jones DOB, Amon DJ, Chapman ASA (2018) Mining deep-ocean mineral deposits: what are the ecological risks?. Elements: An International Magazine of Mineralogy, Geochemistry, and Petrology, 14 : 325 - 330.

Smith CR, Amon DJ, Higgs ND, Glover AG, Young EL (2017) Data are inadequate to test whale falls as chemosynthetic stepping-stones using network analysis: faunal overlaps do support a stepping-stone role. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284 (1863) : 20171281 - 20171281. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.1281

Amon DJ, Fryer P, Glickson D, Pomponi SA, Lobecker E, Cantwell K, Elliott K, Sowers D (2017) Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas [in special issue: New Frontiers in Ocean Exploration: The E/V Nautilus, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer and R/V Falkor Field Season. Oceanography, 30 : 60 - 65.

Amon DJ, Gobin J, Van Dover CL, Levin LA, Marsh L, Raineault NA (2017) Characterization of methane-seep communities in a deep-sea area designated for oil and natural gas exploitation off Trinidad and Tobago. Frontiers in Marine Science, 4 : 342 - 342.

Amon D, Ziegler A, Drazen JC, Grischenko AV, Leitner AB, Lindsay DJ, Voight JR, Wicksten MK, Young CM, Smith CR (2017) Megafauna of the UKSRL exploration contract area and eastern Clarion-Clipperton Zone in the Pacific Ocean: Annelida, Arthropoda, Bryozoa, Chordata, Ctenophora, Mollusca. Biodiversity Data Journal, 5 : e14598 - e14598.

Amon DJ, Ziegler AF, Kremenetskaia A, Mah CL, Mooi R, O Hara T, Pawson DL, Roux M, Smith CR (2017) Megafauna of the UKSRL exploration contract area and eastern Clarion-Clipperton Zone in the Pacific Ocean: Echinodermata. Biodiversity Data Journal,

Cormier M-H, Bell KLC, Sharuga SM, Castillo C, Conrad J, Amon D, Legg M, Brennan ML, Barnhill K, Lovell LL, others (2017) Exploration of the Southern California Borderland. null,

Lindh MV, Maillot BM, Shulse CN, Gooday AJ, Amon DJ, Smith CR, Church MJ (2017) From the Surface to the Deep-Sea: Bacterial Distributions across Polymetallic Nodule Fields in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone of the Pacific Ocean. Frontiers in Microbiology, 8 : 1696 - 1696.

Glover A, Dahlgren T, Taboada S, Paterson G, Wiklund H, Waeschenbach A, Cobley A, Martínez P, Kaiser S, Schnurr S, Khodami S, Raschka U, Kersken D, Stuckas H, Menot L, Bonifacio P, Vanreusel A, Macheriotou L, Cunha M, Hilário A, Rodrigues C, Colaço A, Ribeiro P, Błażewicz M, Gooday A, Jones D, Billett D, Goineau A, Amon D, Smith C, Patel T, McQuaid K, Spickermann R, Brager S (2016) The London Workshop on the Biogeography and Connectivity of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone. Research Ideas and Outcomes, 2 : e10528 - e10528. doi: 10.3897/rio.2.e10528

Amon DJ, Ziegler AF, Dahlgren TG, Glover AG, Goineau A, Gooday AJ, Wiklund H, Smith CR (2016) Insights into the abundance and diversity of abyssal megafauna in a polymetallic-nodule region in the eastern Clarion-Clipperton Zone. Scientific Reports, 6 (1) : doi: 10.1038/srep30492

Dahlgren T, Wiklund H, Rabone M, Amon D, Ikebe C, Watling L, Smith C, Glover A (2016) Abyssal fauna of the UK-1 polymetallic nodule exploration area, Clarion-Clipperton Zone, central Pacific Ocean: Cnidaria. Biodiversity Data Journal, 4 : e9277 - e9277. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.4.e9277

Glover A, Wiklund H, Rabone M, Amon D, Smith C, O'Hara T, Mah C, Dahlgren T (2016) Abyssal fauna of the UK-1 polymetallic nodule exploration claim, Clarion-Clipperton Zone, central Pacific Ocean: Echinodermata. Biodiversity Data Journal, 4 : e7251 - e7251. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.4.e7251

Amon DJ, Hilario A, Arbizu PM, Smith CR (2016) Observations of organic falls from the abyssal Clarion-Clipperton Zone in the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean. Marine Biodiversity, 1 - 11.

Cordes EE, Jones DOB, Schlacher TA, Amon DJ, Bernardino AF, Brooke S, Carney R, DeLeo DM, Dunlop KM, Escobar-Briones EG, others (2016) Environmental impacts of the deep-water oil and gas industry: a review to guide management strategies. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 4 : 58 - 58.

Smith CR, Glover AG, Treude T, Higgs ND, Amon DJ (2015) Whale-Fall Ecosystems: Recent Insights into Ecology, Paleoecology, and Evolution. Annual Review of Marine Science, 7 (1) : 571 - 596. doi: 10.1146/annurev-marine-010213-135144

Amon DJ, Copley JT, Dahlgren TG, Horton T, Kemp KM, Rogers AD, Glover AG (2017) Observations of fauna attending wood and bone deployments from two seamounts on the Southwest Indian Ridge. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 136 : 122 - 132. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2015.07.003

Amon DJ, Sykes D, Ahmed F, Copley JT, Kemp KM, Tyler PA, Young CM, Glover AG (2015) Burrow forms, growth rates and feeding rates of wood-boring Xylophagaidae bivalves revealed by micro-computed tomography. Frontiers in Marine Science, 2 : doi: 10.3389/fmars.2015.00010

Carey S, Bell KLC, Roman C, Dondin F, Robertson R, Gobin J, Wankel S, Michel APM, Amon DJ, Marsh L, others (2015) Exploring Kick’em Jenny Submarine Volcano and the Barbados Cold Seep Province, Southern Lesser Antilles [in special issue: New Frontiers in Ocean Exploration: The E/V Nautilus 2014 Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Field Season]. Oceanography, 28 : 38 - 39.

Amon DJ, Wiklund H, Dahlgren TG, Copley JT, Smith CR, Jamieson AJ, Glover AG (2014) Molecular taxonomy of Osedax (Annelida: Siboglinidae) in the Southern Ocean. Zoologica Scripta, 43 (4) : 405 - 417. doi: 10.1111/zsc.12057

Macpherson E, Amon D, Clark PF (2014) A new species of Munidopsis from a seamount of the Southwest Indian Ocean Ridge (Decapoda: Munidopsidae). ZOOTAXA, 3753 (3) : 291 - 296. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3753.3.8

Amon D (2014) Bone-eating worms and wood-eating bivalves: characterising the ecology of deep-sea organic falls from multiple ocean basins. PhD Thesis.

Van Dover C, Bell KLC, Marsh L, German C, John B, Cheadle M, Vecchione M, Amon D, Ball B, Copley J, others (2014) Exploration of the Mid-Cayman Rise. Oceanography, 27 : 32 - 33.

Amon DJ, Glover AG, Wiklund H, Marsh L, Linse K, Rogers AD, Copley JT (2013) The discovery of a natural whale fall in the Antarctic deep sea. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 92 : 87 - 96. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.01.028

Connelly DP, Copley JT, Murton BJ, Stansfield K, Tyler PA, German CR, Van Dover CL, Amon D, Furlong M, Grindlay N, others (2012) Hydrothermal vent fields and chemosynthetic biota on the world’s deepest seafloor spreading centre. Nature communications, 3 : 620 - 620.

German CR, Tyler PA, McIntyre C, Amon D, Cheadle M, Clarke J, John B, McDermott JM, Bennett SA, Huber JA, others (2012) Exploration of the Mid-Cayman Rise. Oceanography, 25 : 52 - 53.

Introduction

Summary

I’m a Trinidadian marine biologist specialising in deep-sea biology. I study the weird and wonderful animals living in a range of deep-sea habitats and how our actions are impacting them. I'm currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Natural History Museum, London, UK. I’ve participated in deep-sea expeditions around the world and have an extensive science communication and outreach record. I'm also a Lead of the Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative's Minerals Working Group and a member of the Species Survival Commission’s Marine Conservation Committee of the IUCN. I’m also a co-founder of the non-profit NGO, SpeSeas, dedicated to increasing marine science, education and advocacy in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean.

Projects

Grants

SCAN-Deep: Systematic Characterisation and Archiving of megafauNa on a regional scale in a Deep-sea area threatened by mining
Role: Principal investigator
Co-investigator: Glover A
Funding: H2020 Excellent Science
Dates: 2018 - 2020

SCAN-Deep: Systematic Characterisation and Archiving of megafauNa on a regional scale in a Deep-sea area threatened by mining
Role: Principal investigator
Co-investigator: Glover A
Funding: H2020 Excellent Science
Dates: 2018 - 2020

Publications

Publications

HERZOG S, AMON DJ, SMITH CR, JANUSSEN D (2018) Two new species of Sympagella (Porifera: Hexactinellida: Rossellidae) collected from the Clarion-Clipperton Zone, East Pacific. Zootaxa, 4466 : 152 - 163.

Jones DOB, Amon DJ, Chapman ASA (2018) Mining deep-ocean mineral deposits: what are the ecological risks?. Elements: An International Magazine of Mineralogy, Geochemistry, and Petrology, 14 : 325 - 330.

Smith CR, Amon DJ, Higgs ND, Glover AG, Young EL (2017) Data are inadequate to test whale falls as chemosynthetic stepping-stones using network analysis: faunal overlaps do support a stepping-stone role. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284 (1863) : 20171281 - 20171281. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.1281

Amon DJ, Fryer P, Glickson D, Pomponi SA, Lobecker E, Cantwell K, Elliott K, Sowers D (2017) Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas [in special issue: New Frontiers in Ocean Exploration: The E/V Nautilus, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer and R/V Falkor Field Season. Oceanography, 30 : 60 - 65.

Amon DJ, Gobin J, Van Dover CL, Levin LA, Marsh L, Raineault NA (2017) Characterization of methane-seep communities in a deep-sea area designated for oil and natural gas exploitation off Trinidad and Tobago. Frontiers in Marine Science, 4 : 342 - 342.

Amon D, Ziegler A, Drazen JC, Grischenko AV, Leitner AB, Lindsay DJ, Voight JR, Wicksten MK, Young CM, Smith CR (2017) Megafauna of the UKSRL exploration contract area and eastern Clarion-Clipperton Zone in the Pacific Ocean: Annelida, Arthropoda, Bryozoa, Chordata, Ctenophora, Mollusca. Biodiversity Data Journal, 5 : e14598 - e14598.

Amon DJ, Ziegler AF, Kremenetskaia A, Mah CL, Mooi R, O Hara T, Pawson DL, Roux M, Smith CR (2017) Megafauna of the UKSRL exploration contract area and eastern Clarion-Clipperton Zone in the Pacific Ocean: Echinodermata. Biodiversity Data Journal,

Cormier M-H, Bell KLC, Sharuga SM, Castillo C, Conrad J, Amon D, Legg M, Brennan ML, Barnhill K, Lovell LL, others (2017) Exploration of the Southern California Borderland. null,

Lindh MV, Maillot BM, Shulse CN, Gooday AJ, Amon DJ, Smith CR, Church MJ (2017) From the Surface to the Deep-Sea: Bacterial Distributions across Polymetallic Nodule Fields in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone of the Pacific Ocean. Frontiers in Microbiology, 8 : 1696 - 1696.

Glover A, Dahlgren T, Taboada S, Paterson G, Wiklund H, Waeschenbach A, Cobley A, Martínez P, Kaiser S, Schnurr S, Khodami S, Raschka U, Kersken D, Stuckas H, Menot L, Bonifacio P, Vanreusel A, Macheriotou L, Cunha M, Hilário A, Rodrigues C, Colaço A, Ribeiro P, Błażewicz M, Gooday A, Jones D, Billett D, Goineau A, Amon D, Smith C, Patel T, McQuaid K, Spickermann R, Brager S (2016) The London Workshop on the Biogeography and Connectivity of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone. Research Ideas and Outcomes, 2 : e10528 - e10528. doi: 10.3897/rio.2.e10528

Amon DJ, Ziegler AF, Dahlgren TG, Glover AG, Goineau A, Gooday AJ, Wiklund H, Smith CR (2016) Insights into the abundance and diversity of abyssal megafauna in a polymetallic-nodule region in the eastern Clarion-Clipperton Zone. Scientific Reports, 6 (1) : doi: 10.1038/srep30492

Dahlgren T, Wiklund H, Rabone M, Amon D, Ikebe C, Watling L, Smith C, Glover A (2016) Abyssal fauna of the UK-1 polymetallic nodule exploration area, Clarion-Clipperton Zone, central Pacific Ocean: Cnidaria. Biodiversity Data Journal, 4 : e9277 - e9277. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.4.e9277

Glover A, Wiklund H, Rabone M, Amon D, Smith C, O'Hara T, Mah C, Dahlgren T (2016) Abyssal fauna of the UK-1 polymetallic nodule exploration claim, Clarion-Clipperton Zone, central Pacific Ocean: Echinodermata. Biodiversity Data Journal, 4 : e7251 - e7251. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.4.e7251

Amon DJ, Hilario A, Arbizu PM, Smith CR (2016) Observations of organic falls from the abyssal Clarion-Clipperton Zone in the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean. Marine Biodiversity, 1 - 11.

Cordes EE, Jones DOB, Schlacher TA, Amon DJ, Bernardino AF, Brooke S, Carney R, DeLeo DM, Dunlop KM, Escobar-Briones EG, others (2016) Environmental impacts of the deep-water oil and gas industry: a review to guide management strategies. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 4 : 58 - 58.

Smith CR, Glover AG, Treude T, Higgs ND, Amon DJ (2015) Whale-Fall Ecosystems: Recent Insights into Ecology, Paleoecology, and Evolution. Annual Review of Marine Science, 7 (1) : 571 - 596. doi: 10.1146/annurev-marine-010213-135144

Amon DJ, Copley JT, Dahlgren TG, Horton T, Kemp KM, Rogers AD, Glover AG (2017) Observations of fauna attending wood and bone deployments from two seamounts on the Southwest Indian Ridge. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 136 : 122 - 132. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2015.07.003

Amon DJ, Sykes D, Ahmed F, Copley JT, Kemp KM, Tyler PA, Young CM, Glover AG (2015) Burrow forms, growth rates and feeding rates of wood-boring Xylophagaidae bivalves revealed by micro-computed tomography. Frontiers in Marine Science, 2 : doi: 10.3389/fmars.2015.00010

Carey S, Bell KLC, Roman C, Dondin F, Robertson R, Gobin J, Wankel S, Michel APM, Amon DJ, Marsh L, others (2015) Exploring Kick’em Jenny Submarine Volcano and the Barbados Cold Seep Province, Southern Lesser Antilles [in special issue: New Frontiers in Ocean Exploration: The E/V Nautilus 2014 Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Field Season]. Oceanography, 28 : 38 - 39.

Amon DJ, Wiklund H, Dahlgren TG, Copley JT, Smith CR, Jamieson AJ, Glover AG (2014) Molecular taxonomy of Osedax (Annelida: Siboglinidae) in the Southern Ocean. Zoologica Scripta, 43 (4) : 405 - 417. doi: 10.1111/zsc.12057

Macpherson E, Amon D, Clark PF (2014) A new species of Munidopsis from a seamount of the Southwest Indian Ocean Ridge (Decapoda: Munidopsidae). ZOOTAXA, 3753 (3) : 291 - 296. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3753.3.8

Amon D (2014) Bone-eating worms and wood-eating bivalves: characterising the ecology of deep-sea organic falls from multiple ocean basins. PhD Thesis.

Van Dover C, Bell KLC, Marsh L, German C, John B, Cheadle M, Vecchione M, Amon D, Ball B, Copley J, others (2014) Exploration of the Mid-Cayman Rise. Oceanography, 27 : 32 - 33.

Amon DJ, Glover AG, Wiklund H, Marsh L, Linse K, Rogers AD, Copley JT (2013) The discovery of a natural whale fall in the Antarctic deep sea. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 92 : 87 - 96. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.01.028

Connelly DP, Copley JT, Murton BJ, Stansfield K, Tyler PA, German CR, Van Dover CL, Amon D, Furlong M, Grindlay N, others (2012) Hydrothermal vent fields and chemosynthetic biota on the world’s deepest seafloor spreading centre. Nature communications, 3 : 620 - 620.

German CR, Tyler PA, McIntyre C, Amon D, Cheadle M, Clarke J, John B, McDermott JM, Bennett SA, Huber JA, others (2012) Exploration of the Mid-Cayman Rise. Oceanography, 25 : 52 - 53.