A new article highlights the really cool work that has come from Ken Smith and Henry Ruhl. Ken’s lab has monitoring a deep-sea abyssal site called Station M for the last 20+ years located of the southern California coast. Their work has lead to many major findings. One of the most important is that deep-sea patterns and processes are intrinsically linked to surface production over short ecological timescales. Thus El Nino/La Nina cycles and other such meterological/oceanic events leave a deep-sea signature. You can find a nice list of the labs publications here.
You can read more about this research and the other things Henry is involved with in the following posts
Climate Induced Collapse of Deep-Sea Systems
25 Things You Should Know About the Deep Sea: The Deep Sea is Not Stable
25 Things You Should Know About the Deep Sea: Patterns and Processes in the Deep Sea Are Linked to Surface Production
Science and Industry Colloboration in Deep-Sea Research