DOSI Deep-Sea Round-Up
Climate change is likely to expand subtropical gyres, so it is important that we get to grips with biogeochemical cycles in these regions in order to understand likely future impacts on flux to deep-sea ecosystems. Yet we still know very little about the particulate matter fluxes of the oligotrophic Indian Ocean subtropical gyre (IOSG). A new paper elucidates this matter with results indicating poor POC export efficiency. However, a small silver lining, might the glass sponge Vazella pourtalesii, like its shallow-water counterparts, be a rare climate change winner in the deep sea? Find out in this week’s Deep-Sea Round-Up. Plus new papers on plastic pollution in the South China Sea, benthic functioning along bathymetric gradients in the Fram Strait and a novel autonomous deep-sea benthic lander with baited camera system. Upcoming events include a GOBI webinar on hydrothermal vents, including presentations by Cindy Van Dover and Eva Ramirez-Llodra. And of course, the DOSI newsletter is often peppered with fantastic deep-sea opportunities… Grants, postdocs and Assistant Professors are all in demand. ENJOY!
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