My news: July to September 2017

Here’s another mega post summarising my news from the last three months. It covers my papers published, the Chemosynthesis-Based Ecosystems conference and DOSI day, and some recent deep-sea science communication I did.


  • Amon, D.J., A. Ziegler, J. Drazen, A. Grischenko, A. Leitner, D. Lindsay, J. Voight, M. Wicksten, C. Young, C. Smith, 2017. Megafauna of the UKSRL exploration contract area and eastern Clarion-Clipperton Zone in the Pacific Ocean: Annelida, Arthropoda, Bryozoa, Chordata, Ctenophora, MolluscaBiodiversity Data Journal 5: e14598. 10.3897/BDJ.5.e14598
  • Lindh, M.V., B.M. Maillot, C.N. Shulse, A.J. Gooday, D.J. Amon, C.R. Smith, M.J. Church, 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.
  • Smith, C.R., D.J. Amon, N.D. Higgs, A.G. Glover, E.L. Young, 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 20171281.

DOSI day and Chemosynthesis-Based Ecosystems conference

On August 27th to September 1st 2017, I attended the Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) Meeting and the 6th Chemosynthesis-Based Ecosystems conference (CBE) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA, USA.  The week proved to be incredibly enjoyable, inspiring and valuable! I presented research I’ve been doing over the last few months on the incredible methane seeps found in areas that may be exploited for oil and gas off Trinidad and Tobago. All in all, it was a great week filled with informative conversations, many old friends and colleagues, thought-provoking scientific talks and maybe even the beginnings of some future collaborations.

DOSI Day participants at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Photo credit: Lisa Levin.
My presentation on the methane seeps off Trinidad and Tobago. Photo credit: Emily Young.

Science Communication and Outreach

Now that I am in Trinidad, one of my goals is to increase the public’s awareness of the deep ocean. Here is my third article about the Caribbean deep sea (focused on the Kick’em Jenny submarine volcano this time) that was simultaneously published on the Wild Tobago blog and in the Tobago Newsday on 24th August 2017. You can find out more about my previous Caribbean deep-sea articles here.

Kick'em Jenny cold seeps
Mussels and sea cucumbers at Kick’em Jenny cold seeps. Photo credit: Ocean Exploration Trust

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