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A selection of primary literature on the ecology of deep-sea hydrothermal vents in Manus Basin

deep sea, ecology, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceAugust 7, 2012

Deep-sea mining is once again in the news. As Kevin Zelnio frustratingly points out on twitter, news articles often fail to mention the primary research that has been conducted at these sites or make more than a cursory statement concerning their ecology. This has the effect of marginalizing an entire ecosystem and makes it difficult […]

Medusa: Scientists document rarely seen deepwater sharks using baited video cameras

deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksJune 14, 2012

The deep sea is one of the largest, least explored, and most unique ecosystems on the planet.  An enormous variety of weird and wonderful creatures make the deep sea their home, including many species of sharks. A new project, headed up by our friends at the Cape Eleuthera Institute, hopes to learn more about these […]

VentBase – securing the conservation of deep-sea hydrothermal vent ecosystems

Challenging the Conventional Narrative, Conservation, Core Themes for 2012, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceApril 16, 2012

As a marine biologists just beginning my deep-sea education, conservation as a priority was an alien concept. The deep sea was the last true wilderness, distant and alien, impossibly difficult to access. We knew that exploitation was coming, companies had been exploring the potential of deep-sea mining for decades, but they always seemed to be […]

I sing the praise of my robot underlings, the workhorses of deep sea exploration

deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceMarch 28, 2012

James Cameron’s triumphant dive and (equally important) return from the Challenger Deep is a landmark achievement. In 62 years, only 3 people have ever visited the bottom of the Mariana Trench. While budgets for scientific exploration have been cut across the board, Cameron ponied up tens of millions to build only the second human-occupied submersible capable of reaching those […]

Updates from the Deep: New and Noteworthy in Hydrothermal Vent Research

Conservation, deep sea, ecology, evolution, marine science, Natural Science, oceanography, ScienceJanuary 10, 2012

From hairy-chested yeti crabs to the deepest known fields, hydrothermal vents have been enjoying a bit of science celebrity in the last few weeks. Beneath the headlines, there has been an eruption of vent-related research published in the scientific literature and some exciting new expeditions just left port. The Discovery of New Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vent Communities in […]

Mining the Deep Sea: what’s it worth?

Conservation, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, oceanography, ScienceDecember 13, 2011

In Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea*, the iconic Captain Nemo announced that “in the depths of the ocean, there are mines of zinc, iron, silver and gold that would be quite easy to exploit” while predicting that the abundance of marine resources could satisfy human need. If the pace of development for deep-sea mining […]

A slimehead by any other name should never be on your plate

biology, deep sea, ecology, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceOctober 26, 2011

Slimehead is not a word you would expect to find on the menu of a fancy restaurant. Like dolphin*, toothfish*, goosefish*, mudbug*, hog*, and gizzard fish*, slimeheads have undergone a bit re-branding over the last few decades to make their name as palatable as their fillets. Enter the Orange Roughy, a dull, uninspired name that […]

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