About INDEEP - International network for scientific investigation of deep-sea ecosystems
Description of project
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.
The INDEEP programme, funded by the Total Foundation for the first three years from 2011 to 2013, was launched in December 2010 with a kick-off meeting in New Orleans, attended by 41 participants representing 16 different countries. We gratefully acknowledge the Total Foundation and Census of Marine Life projects ChEss, COMARGE, CeDAMar, CenSeam and EuroCoML for funding this first meeting.
During this meeting, research priorities for the INDEEP community and the need to ensure fluent communication amongst all stakeholders and parties with interests in the deep ocean were discussed. As a result, INDEEP aims to bring together and help coordinate research and communication efforts from across the globe through 5 working groups targeting the following topics:
1. Taxonomy and Evolution
2. Biodiversity and Biogeography
3. Population Connectivity
4. Ecosystem Function
5. Anthropogenic Impact and Science Policy
The INDEEP office is run by Dr Maria Baker (Uni. Southampton, UK) at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. The programme is managed by a Steering Committee composed of the Principal Investigators and Oversight Committee:
- Dr Maria Baker, Uni of Southampton (UK) (Project Manager)
- Dr Mireille Consalvey, NIWA (NZ) (Mireille has now left this project)
- Dr Eva Ramirez‐Llodra, Institut de Ciències del Mar, CSIC (Spain)
- Dr Lenaick Menot, Ifremer‐Brest (France)
- Dr Bhavani Narayanaswamy, SAMS (UK)
- Prof Paul Tyler, University of Southampton, (UK) (Chair)
- Prof Craig Smith, University of Hawaii (USA)
- Dr Malcolm Clark, NIWA (NZ)
- Prof Robert Carney, Louisiana State University (USA)
- Prof Myriam Sibuet, Institut Océanographique de Paris (France)
Each working group is led by one or two internatinal scientists that coordinate activities addressing INDEEP objectives. Activities within the working groups are developed by a large number of scientistis from around the globe.
- Taxonomy and evolution (WG Leader: Adrian Glover, UK)
- Global biodiversity and biogeography (WG Leaders: Lenaick Menot, France & Tim O’Hara, Australia)
- Population connectivity (WG Leader: Anna Metaxas, Canada)
- Ecosystem function (WG Leader: Andrew Thurber, USA)
- Anthropogenic impact and science policy (WG Leaders: Eva Ramirez-Llodra, Spain & Andrew Sweetman, Norway)
INDEEP has now over 400 members representing 36 different countries.
Hosting Institution: National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton, United Kingdom.
Duration of project: 3 years initially, with a view to continuing via other funding sources.
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