About

The research being undertaken in the group spans a number of topics, including assessing the impacts of deep-sea mining on seafloor and pelagic ecosystems, understanding the impact of climate change on deep-sea and polar seafloor ecosystems, quantifying the importance of organic-falls (kelp, wood, jellyfish) in biological C-cycles and structuring deep-sea communities, and exploring biogeochemical cycling in deep-sea sediments.  In addition, the group also undertakes research in shallow-marine habitats looking at the importance of mangroves in coastal environments, and how fish farming and mine tailings impact coastal marine habitats.  The group maintains the most advanced deep-sea lander facility in the UK, which includes 2 respirometer landers (with 3 and 4 benthic chambers) , 2 baited-camera landers (with video and digital stills capability), 2 baited-trap systems and a seafloor microprofiling lander that are all rated to work at 6km depth.  The team also routinely use ROV, AUV and manned submersibles to undertake their research.  Please see the on-going project page for a list of the research programs the group are currently leading.