Deep-sea researchers convene at #dsbs2012 this week in New Zealand

Deep-sea biology fans can geek out this week by following the proceedings of the 13th Deep-sea Biology Symposium taking place in Wellington, NZ (3-7th December) – the tweets have already begun to roll in under the hashtag #dsbs2012!

Word on the street is that there are ~200 deep-sea biologists attending, and the one and only James Cameron will be delivering a plenary talk about his badass Deepsea Challenge┬ásubmersible on Tuesday morning. Unfortunately I couldn’t attend this year, so I’ll be following along online whilst drowning my sorrows in Grey Goose martinis (and maybe inventing a twitter-based drinking game?).

Day 1 has already seen some ├╝ber cool stuff, such as the new iDeep app being released for deep-sea taxonomy. What other exciting news will unfold??

 

Holly Bik (140 Posts)

I am a computational biologist at the University of California, Davis. My research uses DNA sequencing and genomics to study microbial eukaryotes (yeah, nematodes!) in marine ecosystems, with an emphasis on evolution and biodiversity in the deep-sea. I can neither confirm nor deny that I like Unix more than I like going to sea.





6 comments on “Deep-sea researchers convene at #dsbs2012 this week in New Zealand
  1. If it’s a Deep Sea Symposium, shouldn’t you be drowning your sorrows with barnacle goose martinis? ;) (I did have some gooseneck barnacles thrown into my latest tattoo, btw)

  2. Point taken about martinis – actually I guess the most appropriate drink would be a Dark and Stormy made with Kraken rum.

    As far as the App, no the one in the Twitter picture was developed by Adrian Glover and colleagues (I believe through the INDEEP program). I didn’t realize there was another app called “iDeep” produced by a conservation society.

  3. Hi guys – back from NZ and recovering form jetlag! Thanks for the publicity Dr. Bik! Unfortunately our original IDeep app name has been taken so we’re working on a new one. As for the nematodes they are included too! We currently have some nice images from Daniel Leduc at NIWA. So if you’ve got some high quality specimen images that you’re willing to share then please do get in touch. We’re also looking for species lists of deep-sea nematodes. Our current list is pretty depauperate at only 562 species :(

    • Hi Nick, the full list is available in a paper published in 2010:the grand total is 638 (yep that’s all we got so far)! See Miljutin et al. 2010 Marine Biodiversity 40: 143. A few more species have been published since 2010 though, several from NZ

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