Office-Bearing DSBS Trustees
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
Craig McClain is the Executive Director for the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. He has conducted oceanographic research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow focusing often on the deep sea. He founder and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular ocean themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.
Conferences – Moriaki Yasuhara
Moriaki Yasuhara is an associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences and the Swire Institute of Marine Science at the University of Hong Kong. He has broad interests in palaeoecology and macroecology, especially those using highly resolved micropalaeontological records. His recent research has focused on the spatiotemporal dynamics of large-scale biodiversity patterns, the climatic and temperature impacts on species diversity, and the controlling factor(s) of biodiversity patterns/change in shallow-marine, deep sea, pelagic and terrestrial ecosystems. He is also interested in microfossil-based conservation palaeobiology as well as palaeontology of marine Ostracoda in general.
Communications – Paris Stefanoudis
Paris Stefanoudis is a postdoctoral researcher at the Nekton Research Group in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. His general research interests lie in documenting the distribution patterns of marine life in the ocean and identifying the underlying environmental factors shaping those. Part of his research portfolio has included biodiversity assessments of ultra-deep underwater mountains in the NE Atlantic, shallow and deep water reef biodiversity in Bermuda, and plastic pollution in the Thames Estuary. At present, his main research focus is benthic and fish community structure and connectivity across depth in tropical coral reef ecosystems. For that, he will be participating in a series of oceanographic expeditions in the Indian Ocean between 2019-2021 as part of Nekton Mission II, starting in the Seychelles in March 2019.
Development – Julia Sigwart
Julia’s research focusses on the evolution of marine biodiversity. Adaptive features, which are relevant to each particular species, shape how they respond to environmental perturbations, in the modern world and in the fossil record. She uses tomography to visualise animal adaptations in 3D and understand the world from other organisms’ points of view. Understanding evolutionary radiations, survivorship, and the way animals respond to environmental change, require high resolution data from multiple disciplines. The work in her research group crosses genetics, morphology, anatomy, neurobiology, physiology, computational modelling, and experimental approaches, to understand the drivers for species diversity. Some of these are discussed in her recent book, What Species Mean: A User’s Guide to the Units of Biodiversity, published by CRC/Taylor & Francis in early 2018.
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.
Secretary – Erin Easton
Erin is an Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Texas Rio Grande 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.
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.
Early Career – Andrea Quattrini
Andrea is the current Early Career Officer for the DSBS. Her role in this position is to help foster the professional development of early career deep-sea scientists. Andrea holds a PhD in Biology from Temple University and an MS in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is currently a post-doc at Harvey Mudd College. Andrea has participated in 24 research cruises using deep-submergence vehicles. Broadly, she is interested in how biodiversity is generated and maintained in the deep sea, with a particular focus on corals and associated fishes.
Students – Ilysa Iglesias
Ily Iglesias is a PhD student in the Ocean Sciences Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Graduate Student Researcher at the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service. She studies how deep-sea communities respond to large-scale changes in their physical environment. In particular, she is interested in midwater organisms, which are an important link connecting oceanographic dynamics at the surface to physical and ecological processes in the deep. Building on over 10 years of marine research experience that has spanned the Pacific Ocean – from coral reef ecology in Hawaii to coastal fisheries in California- she is thrilled to finally descend into the deep-sea for her current research. Ily uses techniques in fisheries acoustics, stable isotope analysis, and regional ocean modeling to elucidate the extent to which midwater organisms (with a focus on Lanternfish) respond to dynamic oceanographic processes within the California Current. She is excited to serve as Student Officer and work to support fellow students engaged in deep-sea research.
Membership and Data Protection – 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.
Non-Office Bearing DSBS Committee Members
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.
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.
Leigh is a deep-sea ecologist and ocean mapper working on a number of habitats and species across the world’s oceans.Specialising in the acquisition, processing and analysis of ROV and AUV imagery and remote sensing data for vulnerable marine ecosystems in the deep ocean, Leigh has a broad interest in the application of autonomous and robotic technologies for ocean exploration, scientific discoveries and marine conservation. Her research has taken her to the depths of the Southern Ocean, Indian Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, exploring and participating in research cruises across a range of deep-sea habitats including seamounts, canyons and chemosynthetic environments.Leigh is currently a freelance consultant (https://www.oceansturn.co.uk/) and holds a visiting research fellowship in Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton (https://www.southampton.ac.uk/oes/about/staff/lm1g09.page). She has also worked with the Ocean Exploration Trust onboard the EV Nautilus (www.nautiluslive.org) since 2013.
Past DSBS Trustees
- Zoleka Filander (Students, 2018-2019)
- Holly Bik (Communications, 2012-2018)
- Rachel Boschen (Students, 2012-2018; Non-office bearing, 2015-2018)
- Diva Amon (Secretary, 2016-2018)
- Steven Haddock (Conferences, 2015-2018)
- Erin Easton (Non-office bearing, 2015-2018)
- Moriaki Yasuhara (Non-office bearing, 2015-2018)
- Paul Snelgrove (Non-office bearing, 2015-2018)
- Bhavani Narayanaswamy (Secretary, 2012-2016)