Life in the abyss is no protection from bad weather

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

Dr. M (1633 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.





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