Uncovering Deep-Sea Biodiversity

As less than 1% of the deep ocean has been explored by humankind, much of my research characterises what species live where, why they live there, how they interact with each other, and what function they play. This may seem simple but this fundamental knowledge is of the utmost importance as it forms the baseline against which all changes are weighed against. You can’t protect what you don’t know or manage what you don’t understand!

Below are some of the papers I have authored focusing on this issue. A full list of publications can be found here and be sure to check out the section on research cruises for more information.

Additionally, I’m a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Marine Conservation Committee. Find out more here.


Species Descriptions

1. Herzog et al., 2018. Two new species of Sympagella (Porifera: Hexactinellida: Rossellidae) collected from the Clarion-Clipperton Zone, East Pacific. Zootaxa 4466:1, 152-163.  https://biotaxa.org/Zootaxa/article/view/zootaxa.4466.1.12

2. Amon et al., 2014. Three new species and two new records of the siboglinid genus Osedax from the deep Antarctic. Zoologica Scripta 43(4): 405-417. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/zsc.12057/abstract

3. Macpherson et al., 2014. A new species of Munidopsis from a seamount of the Southwest Indian Ocean Ridge (Decapoda: Munidopsidae). Zootaxa 3753(3): 291-296.  http://biotaxa.org/Zootaxa/article/view/zootaxa.3753.3.8


Deep-Sea Exploration

1. France et al., 2019. Deep-Sea Exploration of the US Gulf of Mexico with NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer [in special issue: New Frontiers in Ocean Exploration: The E/V Nautilus, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer and R/V Falkor 2018 Field Season. Oceanography. 32(1): 78-81. http://tos.org/oceanography/assets/docs/32-1_supplement.pdf

2. Cormier et al., 2017. Exploration of the Southern California Borderland [in special issue: New Frontiers in Ocean Exploration: The E/V Nautilus, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer and R/V Falkor Field Season. Oceanography. 30(1): 40-41.  https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2017.supplement.01

3. Amon et al., 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(1): 60-65. https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2017.supplement.01

4. Amon et al., 2016. First insights into the abundance and diversity of abyssal megafauna in a polymetallic-nodule region in the eastern Clarion-Clipperton Zone. Scientific Reports 6: 30492. doi:10.1038/srep30492

5. Carey et al., 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(1, Supplement): 38-39. http://www.tos.org/oceanography/archive/28-1_nautilus.pdf

6. Van Dover et al., 2014. Exploration of the Mid-Cayman Rise. Oceanography 27(1-Supplement): 32-33.  http://www.tos.org/oceanography/archive/27-1_nautilus.pdf

7. Amon et al., 2013. The discovery of a natural whale fall in the Antarctic deep sea. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 92(0): 87-96.  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0967064513000489

8. Connelly et al., 2012. Hydrothermal vent fields and chemosynthetic biota on the world’s deepest seafloor spreading centre. Nature Communications  3: 620-629.  http://www.nature.com/ncomms/journal/v3/n1/full/ncomms1636.html

9. German et al., 2012. Exploration of the Mid-Cayman Rise. Oceanography 25(1-Supplement): 52-53.  http://www.tos.org/oceanography/archive/25-1_supplement.pdf