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

Research project: International network for Scientific investigation of deep-sea ecosystems (INDEEP)

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Historically deep-sea habitats were examined in isolation but it has become increasingly apparent that we must consider the largest biome on Earth in its entirety.

The aim of the International Network for Scientific Investigations of Deep-Sea Ecosystems (INDEEP) is to develop and synthesise our understanding of deep-sea global biodiversity and functioning and provide a framework to bridge the gap between scientific results and society to aid in the formation of sustainable management strategies.

INDEEP aims to bring together and help coordinate research efforts from across the globe through 4 working groups targeting:

  1. Taxonomy and evolution
  2. Global biodiversity and biogeography
  3. Population connectivity
  4. Ecosystem functioning

You can find more information on the INDEEP website: http://www.indeep-project.org/

Sponsor: Total Foundation.

Contacts at Southampton:

Dr Maria Baker (PI and Project Coordinator)
Professor Paul Tyler (Chair, Oversight Committee)

Related research groups

Marine Biology and Ecology
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