The current officers of the society are as follows:
President – Adrian Glover
Adrian Glover is a Researcher (equivalent to a faculty-type position) in the Life Sciences Department at the Natural History Museum in London. The museum operates two large research departments that are similar to academic departments at Universities, except they are affiliated to a large public-outreach organisation rather than a teaching organisation. The museum is in fact the third most visited natural history museum in the world (after the Smithsonian and the AMNH in New York), with just under 5 million visitors per year. Adrian leads the Deep-Sea Systematics and Ecology Research Group in the new Darwin Centre and is building on a strong history of deep-sea biology work at the museum and its close collaboration with the University of Southampton (where Adrian holds a Visting Researcher position), the National Oceanography Centre and a range of other oceanographic departments in the UK and across the world. Adrian’s research focus is on deep-sea DNA taxonomy and natural history, deep-sea biodiversity and Antarctic marine biology. He has published over 70 scientific papers and participated in 17 deep-sea oceanographic cruises, and he occasionaly likes to play in shallow-water with his robot submarine, REX. You can follow Adrian, his research group and the adventures of REX on twitter.
Past President – Craig McClain
Past-President – Paul Tyler
Vice President for Public Affairs & Communications – Holly Bik
Holly Bik is a research scientist in the Center for Genomics & Systems Biology at New York University. Her research utilizes high-throughput sequencing approaches to explore broad patterns in microbial eukaryote assemblages (biodiversity and biogeography, functional roles for microbial taxa, and the relationship between species and environmental parameters), with an emphasis on nematodes in benthic marine habitats. Holly is a strong advocate of science communication and outreach. She is a contributing scientist at Deep-Sea News, and regularly uses social media tools to disseminate her research and highlight important publications in the fields of marine biology and genomics.
Vice President for Development & Awards – Rachel Jeffreys
Rachel Jeffreys is a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool. Rachel has been conducting deep-sea research for >10 years in a wide variety of habitats ranging from the Antarctic continental shelf to the Pakistan margin oxygen minimum zone, cold-water corals and the Mediterranean Sea. Her research focuses on the trophic ecology of deep-sea communities and how they influence organic matter cycling. She has studied a wide variety of benthic organisms and communities, from infaunal foraminifera up to deep-sea fish. Her current research is aimed at trying to understand how climate-induced variation in food supply affects the deep-sea community at the Porcupine abyssal plain sustained observatory in the north east Atlantic. Rachel’s research utilises a variety of analytical chemistry approaches including stable isotopes, and organic chemistry e.g. pigments, fatty acids and amino acids.
Vice President for Conferences – Steven Haddock
Steve Haddock has been studying the deep-sea for more than 25 years. His early experiences with submersibles and deep-sea trawling were provided during grad school through collaborations with Edie Widder and Jim Childress and later as a postdoc with Bruce Robison. His specific interests are the diversity and ecology of midwater animals — especially gelatinous plankton — and also their bioluminescence and fluorescence. Currently he uses transcriptome sequencing to help answer questions about adaptation to the deep-sea, including phylogenetics and biochemical properties. Having worked on a diverse array of organisms, from protists and jellies to squid, worms, and amphipods, Steve is a proponent of the vast midwater habitat for the society. His outreach efforts include the book Practical Computing for Biologists, the Bioluminescence Web page, and Jellywatch.org.
Treasurer – Chris Yesson
Chris Yesson is a research fellow at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London. His research interests include habitat suitability modelling and population genetics of cold water corals. He has participated on research cruises to the Davis Strait, Northeast Atlantic, Bay of Biscay and Northern Iceland. Currently, he is investigating the impact of shrimp trawling on the benthic habitats of west Greenland. Chris is keen to encourage the use of open source GIS in science.
Secretary – Diva Amon
Diva Amon is a deep-sea ecologist with a special interest in chemosynthetic habitats and anthropogenic impacts in the deep sea. In 2013, she completed her Ph.D. jointly at the University of Southampton and the Natural History Museum in London, United Kingdom, on the ecology of chemosynthetic environments such as hydrothermal vents, wood falls, and whale falls. Since then, she has been a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Currently, her work is focused on understanding what megafauna inhabit the largely unknown deep sea of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone in the Pacific Ocean, in advance of the mining of this region for polymetallic nodules. This research has provided her with many opportunities to participate in expeditions, workshops, and conferences around the world but she considers herself to be a ‘tropical species’ having been born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago.
Membership Secretary – Santiago Herrera
Santiago is faculty at Lehigh University in the US. He holds a PhD degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) & Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Joint Program in Biological Oceanography. His research interests focus on the genetic aspects of biological evolution in the deep-sea. He is particularly interested in understanding the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that have produced current biodiversity patterns. This understanding is of critical importance in order to assess the potential impacts of ongoing environmental changes on Earth’s ecosystems. Santiago combines different molecular tools and interdisciplinary field observations to study the diversity, evolutionary history, phylogeography, population genomics and adaptation of deep-sea and cold-water organisms. He also participates in various ocean exploration initiatives and conservation-oriented projects.
Student Representative – Paris Stefanoudis
Paris Stefanoudis is a deep-sea biologist with an interest in the ecology and biodiversity of abyssal benthic ecosystems with particular reference to the foraminifera. He has obtained his PhD from the University of Southampton in 2016. His research project investigated the effects of modest seafloor topographic variation on benthic foraminiferal communities at the Porcupine Abyssal Plain, northeast Atlantic. Currently, he is the Senior Laboratory Technician at Nekton Foundation, in Oxford, working on plankton samples obtained during Nekton’s first Mission in Bermuda and off Nova Scotia, Canada.
Non-Office Bearing DSBS Committee Members
Dr. Snelgrove is Director of the NSERC Canadian Healthy Oceans Network, a national research network in Canada of ~65 scientists and 100 students working to develop new tools for sustainable oceans. From 2003-2013, he held a Canada Research Chair in Boreal and Cold Ocean Systems, and prior to that an NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Fisheries Conservation. Dr. Snelgrove has published over 100 papers and chapters as well as the book “Discoveries of the Census of Marine Life: Making Ocean Life Count” which synthesized the International Census of Marine Life research program. He was a TED Global speaker in 2011 and in 2013 was awarded the 2013 Timothy Parsons Medal for Excellence in Marine Sciences in Canada. He sits on the editorial boards of 5 international journals and has reviewed hundreds of manuscripts and proposals for a wide range of international journals and funding agencies.
Moriaki Yasuhara is an assistant professor of environmental science in the School of Biological
Sciences, the Swire Institute of Marine Science, and the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Hong Kong. He has broad interests in marine palaeoecology and macroecology using highly resolved micropalaeontological records. His recent research has focused on the spatio-temporal dynamics of large-scale biodiversity patterns, the impact of climate on species diversity and the controlling factor(s) of biodiversity pattern/change in deep-sea, shallow-marine and pelagic ecosystems. He is also interested in microfossil-based conservation palaeobiology and palaeontology of the Ostracoda in general.
Rachel Boschen is a postdoctoral research fellow at University of Victoria, B.C with the Canadian Healthy Oceans Network II. Her current research is determining how functional traits can be contribute to the environmental management of tubeworm-associated communities in the Endeavour Hydrothermal Vents Marine Protected Area. Rachel’s other research involves characterising vent communities in the southwest Pacific, particularly those associated with Seafloor Massive Sulfide (SMS) deposits at risk from deep-sea mining. Her PhD studies were conducted jointly at Victoria University of Wellington and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand. Rachel’s research has provided many opportunities to be involved in cruises, workshops, conferences and stakeholder meetings, within Canada and the southwest Pacific. The multidisciplinary nature of her projects have required using various techniques, such as molecular tools for population genetics; video analysis to assess faunal distribution patterns and community structure; processing and sorting of macro- and meiofaunal samples; and ecological risk assessment. Rachel is also actively involved with VentBase, which aims to develop consensus on managing the mining of SMS deposits and publish best practice documentation.
Malcolm is a Principal Scientist (Fisheries) at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in Wellington, New Zealand. He began his research career in the 1980s as a fisheries biologist, and worked extensively on stock assessment of deepwater fish off New Zealand before broadening his research interests to more general deep-sea ecosystems. From the late 1990s he worked on the biodiversity and ecology of New Zealand seamounts, and headed the Census of Marine Life field project on Seamounts. His studies have involved a lot of time at sea; with over 70 fisheries and benthic biodiversity surveys, including work in the Antarctic and western Pacific. He has also worked internationally with the FAO (high seas fishing), the International Seabed Authority (environmental mining guidelines), the CBD (identifying EBSAs), and recently with the Secretariat for the Pacific Community (deep-sea mining issues). He is a member of the Oversight Committee of INDEEP. Malcolm has published widely, with over 80 peer-reviewed papers, and 100 technical reports and articles. Currently he leads NIWA research projects describing the biodiversity of multiple deep-sea habitats, assessing ecological risk to such habitats and communities from fishing and mining activities, and ways to improve the management of environmental impacts in the deep sea.
Erin is an Assistant Research Scientist at the Universoty of Texas Rio Grnade Valley. Her research interests are the distribution and connectivity of soft- and hard-bottom benthic communities of the mesophotic zone and deep sea. She has used morphological and gene-sequencing methods to determine the minimum species’ range sizes of harpacticoid copepods in the soft sediments along the west coast of the United States. A primary focus of her research is to use genetic tools to explore benthic communities and phylogenetic relationships of harpacticoid copepods and cnidarians. In collaboration with the Millennium Nucleus Ecology and Sustainable Management of Oceanic Islands in Chile, she is exploring benthic communities of the oceanic islands and seamounts of the Salas y Gómez Ridge, including Easter Island, Salas y Gómez, and Las Desventuras, to characterize these communities and estimate connectivity in this and adjacent regions. Her recent research involves the use of next-generation sequencing technology to characterize the South Texas Banks. These data will be used to inform local and national governing agencies for the conservation and management of these habitats.