Underwater canyons are major topographical features on continental margins. They create considerable habitat heterogeneity and may play a major role in the maintenance of seafloor biodiversity. Despite their importance, canyons have been largely ignored by deep-sea biologists, due to the difficulties involved in exploring their terrain.
My PhD will focus on the relationship between canyon-related heterogeneity and macrofaunal diversity and community structure. The aim is to better understand how these features mould biodiversity and macroecological patterns on continental margins.
Marine Biology and Ecology
Affiliate research group(s)
Natural History Museum, London
Miss Laetitia Gunton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton University of Southampton Waterfront Campus European Way Southampton SO14 3ZH United Kingdom