Deep sea biodiversity: Pattern and scale

Principal Investigators:

Michael A. Rex, and Donald R. Strong

The primary aim of the workshop would be to relate patterns of biodiversity in the deep-sea benthos to the scales at which various processes act to shape these patterns. Deep-sea benthic communities have now been sampled on local, regional and global scales, but by many independent programs that have different objectives, use different methods and infer biogeographic patterns with different taxa or functional groups. Inevitably, this led to a welter of explanations of diversity that seem quite contradictory. At local scales, research has focused... more

Participants and Meetings

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Workshop31st March—5th April 1996Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

Ron J. Etteretter@umbsky.cc.umb.eduUniversity of Massachusetts
J. Frederick Grasslegrassle@ahab.rutgers.eduState University of New Jersey, Rutgers
Robert R. Hesslerrrh@ucsd.eduUniversity of California, San Diego
John D. Lambsheadpjdl@nhm.ac.ukNatural History Museum, London
Michael A. Rexmichael.rex@umb.eduUniversity of Massachusetts
Craig Smithcsmith@soest.hawaii.eduUniversity of Hawaii
Donald R. Strongdrstrong@ucdavis.eduUniversity of California, Berkeley
Cindy Lee Van Doverc.vandover@duke.eduUniversity of Alaska
George D. F. WilsonAustralian Museum

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Chase, M. C.; Etter, Ron J.; Rex, Michael A.; Quattro, J. 1998. Extraction and amplification of mitochondrial DNA from formalin-fixed deep-sea mollusks. BioTechniques. Vol: 24. Pages 243-247.
Journal Article Etter, Ron J.; Rex, Michael A.; Chase, M. C.; Quattro, J. 1999. A genetic dimension to deep-sea biodiversity. Deep-Sea Reasearch Part I-Oceanographic Research Papers. Vol: 46(6). Pages 1095-1099.
Book Chapter Etter, Ron J.; Mullineaux, L. 2001. Deep-sea communities. Edited by Bertness, M. D.; Gaines, S. D.; Hay, M. E.. Marine Community Ecology. Sinauer Associates, Inc.. Sunderland, MA. Pages 367-393.
Journal Article Quattro, J.; Chase, M. R.; Rex, Michael A.; Greig, T. W.; Etter, Ron J. 2001. Extreme mitochondrial DNA divergence within populations of the deep-sea gastropod Frigidoalvania brychia. Marine Biology. Vol: 139. Pages 1107-1113.
Book Chapter Rex, Michael A.; Etter, Ron J.; Stuart, Carol. 1997. Large-scale patterns of biodiversity in the deep-sea benthos. Edited by Ormond, R. F. G.; Gage, J. D.; Angel, M. V.. Marine Biodiversity: Patterns and Processes. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge. Pages 94-121.
Report or White Paper Rex, Michael A.; Strong, Donald R. 1997. Report for NCEAS Workshop Deep-Sea Biodiversity: Pattern and Scale. (Online version)
Journal Article Rex, Michael A.; Etter, Ron J. 1998. Bathymetric patterns of body size: Implications for deep-sea biodiversity. Deep-Sea Reasearch Part II-Topical Studies in Oceanography. Vol: 45. Pages 103-127.
Journal Article Rex, Michael A.; Etter, Ron J.; Clain, A. J.; Hill, M. S. 1999. Bathymetric patterns of body size in deep-sea gastropods. Evolution. Vol: 53. Pages 1298-1301.
Journal Article Rex, Michael A.; Stuart, Carol; Coyne, G. 2000. Latitudinal gradients of species richness in the deep-sea benthos of the North Atlantic. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Vol: 97. Pages 4082-4085.
Book Rex, Michael A.; Etter, Ron J. 2010. Deep-Sea Biodiversity: Pattern and Scale. Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Journal Article Smith, Craig; Levin, Lisa A.; Mullineaux, L. 1998. Deep-sea biodiversity: A tribute to Robert R. Hessler. Deep-Sea Reasearch Part II-Topical Studies in Oceanography. Vol: 45. Pages 1-11.
Book Chapter Stuart, Carol; Rex, Michael A.; Etter, Ron J. 2003. Large-scale spatial and temporal patterns of deep-sea benthic species diversity. Edited by Tyler, P. A.. Ecosystems of the World: Ecosystems of the Deep Oceans. Elsevier. Amsterdam. Pages 295-311.
Presentations Van Dover, Cindy Lee. 1999. Diversity at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Gloucester Point, VA.
"Deep sea biodiversity: Pattern and scale" is project ID: 2296