Deep water habitat mapping and ecosystems

Research Area: Deep-water habitat mapping and ecosystems

Dr. Alan Jamieson's group focusses on both the science and technology for deep sea research. The group is primarily involved in the biological exploration of the ultra-deep hadal trenches (6000-11,000 m) and the neighbouring abyssal regions (3000-6000 m).

This is undertaken using in custom built autonomous baited camera landers. The group regularly participates in abyssal and hadal research expeditions to examine trends in deep-sea organisms across phenomenally large bathymetric ranges (e.g. 1000 to 9900 m). This research targets scavenging deep-sea fish and crustaceans such as amphipods. This research has, since 2007, been part of a series of four projects called HADEEP I-IV.

2014 sees the start of the new international collaboration HADES which involved two expeditions to the deep trenches of the Pacific Ocean (Kermadec and Mariana Trenches) with partners from the US, NZ and UK. Other activities include the EU FP7 project FixO3 (Fixed point Open Ocean Observatories) that involves the integration of the BP funded DELOS deep sea observatory into a network of multi-disciplinary observatories.

The group is also involved in other industry led endeavours such as short-term biodiversity surveys and long-term monitoring in areas of sub-sea oil and gas activity, including a BP funded fellowship in Applied Fisheries. This fellowship, awarded to T. Fujii, aims to understand the potential role of offshore artificial structures in the ecology of fish populations in the North Sea.

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Alan Jamieson, Toyonobu Fujii, Jessica Craig, Niki Lacey, Thom Linley, Amy Scott-Murray