Welcome to the Deep Sea Lab Group.
We study the ecology, biodiversity, conservation, taxonomy and evolutionary biology of deep-sea and Antarctic invertebrate animals.
We work with academic colleagues, government funding agencies and industry to take part in deep-sea oceanographic research expeditions in the remotest regions of our planet.
Our research is focused on invertebrate groups such as annelids (polychaetes), echinoderms, sponges and molluscs that exhibit remarkable diversity in our oceans. We work in environments such as the vast mud-covered abyssal plains that make up 54% of planet Earth’s solid surface, as well as the unique ecosystem of the Antarctic Southern Ocean. We also study the ecology and evolution of animals living at hydrothermal vents - underwater hot springs and oases of remarkable evolutionary novelty in the deep sea.
We are undertaking a range of externally-funded science projects related to deep-sea biology. Our work is underpinned by a commitment to the highest quality integrative taxonomic work with data and specimens made available in open-access publications and museum collections for future generations.
Focus: Studying the evolution, ecology and biodiversity of life in the planet's largest ecosystem.
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