Meet the next generation of deep-sea researchers

This section features short bios of students and early-career researchers of the deep-sea biology community.  The aim is promote the next generation of deep-sea researchers and the diverse skillset that they harbour, focusing on under-represented groups such as Black, Indigenous and/or People of Colour, in order to inspire younger audiences, and increase diversity, inclusivity and equity in our field.

To read the stories of the Deep-Sea Biology Society’s Early-Career Researchers:
Click on their pictures below

Lucy Goodwin
I will be using stable isotope analyses to determine how the size-structuring of abyssal food webs have changed in response to climate-induced food flux
Henry Knauber
I am particularly interested in the biogeography of benthic species, how large or small their distribution range is, and why some are able to cross geomorphological barriers while other closely related taxa cannot.
Leonel Pacheco
I’ve been learning several skills in relation to morphometric, biogeographical, and anatomical studies. The one I enjoyed the most was micro-CT, which allowed me to digitally dissect specimens without the need of destructing the scarce specimens.
Guilherme S. Toledo De Carvalho
I am assessing the composition of the Xylophagaidae family – wood-boring bivalves mostly restricted to the deep-sea and if it changes with depth and wood species, describing new species, and exploring phylogenetic relationships.
Loïc Van Audenhaege
“My work focusses on monitoring assemblage distribution through time and identifying the factors responsible for any variability (environmental modifications and biotic interactions).

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Tabitha Pearman
I was developing methodologies to identify density thresholds for cold-water coral vulnerable marine ecosystems.
Alexis Weinning
My dissertation research involves understanding how humans are influencing deep-sea coral communities
Nicole Morgan
The work I am doing focuses on the recovery potential of deep-sea seamounts from human impacts like trawl fishing and crust mining.
Arvind Shantharam
My interests center on the topics of untangling the scale of ecological processes driving patterns in biodiversity and ecosystem function.
Iris Sampaio
My interest in Octocorallia identification and taxonomy emerged during my Bachelor thesis on the impact of fishing on corals.”
Savannah Goode
I am particularly interested in how habitat patchiness influences long-term responses of deep-sea communities to bottom trawling.”
Emanuel Pereira
I am working on the taxonomy and biogeography of the Valvifera from the Mar del Plata submarine canyon. I would appreciate to continue studying some aspects of deep-sea fauna.”
Matt Woodstock
I am interested in how connectivity influences ecosystem processes, the role that vertically migrating organisms have in C storage in the deep sea and meso-pelagic organisms on fish stocks.
Danielle DeLeo
My research career started out using genomic techniques to investigate anthropogenic impacts in the deep sea with a focus on corals and progressed into studying the evolution of vision and bioluminescence in deep sea crustaceans
Eleonora Puccinelli
I am mainly interested on food web dynamics of benthic deep-sea communities and on benthic-pelagic coupling.
Lara Macheriotou
I use molecular tools and metabarcoding to identify the diversity and connectivity of meiofaunal worms that live in the sediment surrounding the nodules of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone
Katie Bigham
I’m interested in understanding how life survives in harsh marine environments and how these adaptations do or don’t provide resilience to natural and anthropogenic stressors.
Leila Nefdt
I would have to say that one of the biggest challenges that I would like to tackle, is to communicate the importance of what we are doing in marine science to the general public
Sofia Graça Aranha Carvalho Ramos
I’ve decided to better comprehend deep-sea elasmobranchs ecology in order to create measurements to decrease their bycatch and mortality in the crustacean bottom-trawl fisheries.

If you want to be featured here, please contact if you are a student, and if you are an early-career researcher.