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The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Marine Life Talk: Dinner in the deep sea Seminar

4 October 2012
National Oceanography Centre

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone National Oceanography Centre Southampton on +44 (0)23 8059 6666 .

Event details

The normally food-poor deep sea is punctuated in space and time by organic-rich remains such as the carcasses of dead whales (whale-falls) and sunken wood (wood-falls). Studies have shown that these remains may last for significant periods on the seafloor, providing food and shelter for a diverse range of fauna. Although the tissues of whale carcasses may be consumed quickly by scavenging organisms, their large oily bones may remain on the seabed for several years, perhaps hundreds of years in some instances.

Diva will introduce organic falls and the weird and wonderful animals that live on them, before moving onto her analysis of a newly discovered late-stage natural whale fall found at a depth of 1444 m in a seafloor caldera in the South Sandwich Arc.

She then will touch on her current and future analyses of wood and bone packages implanted in other locations around the world as part of her PhD.

Further information

This talk is open to members of the public, staff and students. Admission is free.

Visitors attending the talk should arrive at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton at 7.15pm to be met in Reception

The National Oceanography Centre Southampton can be reached via Dock Gate 4 (between Town Quay and Ocean Village).

The talks are accessible via stairs or a lift. Since the lift cannot be used in an emergency, evacuation of less able visitors is down the stairs via an evacuation chair. You are therefore required to notify us in advance of the presence of a wheelchair user or anyone with access issues likely to require use of an evacuation chair.

Speaker information

Diva Amon,originates from Trinidad and Tobago but decided to brave the cold and study for her undergraduate degree at NOC, University of Southampton. Diva graduated in 2009 with a Master of Marine Biology. Following this, she returned to Trinidad to work for one year at the Institute of Marine Affairs and then decided to return to England in 2010 to pursue a PhD jointly between the NOC and the Natural History Museum, London. Her PhD is investigating the ecology of organic falls in the deep sea around the world.

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