Our research group is studying the natural history of the deep sea.
We are interested in the origins, adaptive radiation, classification, biodiversity and ecological interactions of deep-sea animals.
We work with academic colleagues, government funding agencies and industry to take part in deep-sea oceanographic research expeditions across the globe.
Our research mainly focuses on annelid worms (polychaetes), an abundant and diverse group of invertebrates. They inhabit deep-sea muddy sediments, and chemosynthetic ecosystems such as hydrothermal vents, cold seeps and whale-falls.
We also study and collect genetic data on other animal groups, including molluscs, echinoderms, bryozoans, sponges and cnidarians.
We are undertaking a range of science projects related to deep-sea biology, and contributing data and specimens to the Museum's collection. These projects are underpinned by our high-quality taxonomic work, which combines both molecular (DNA) and morphological data, and uses species concepts based on phylogenetic inference.