Change in Benthic Communities
Human and Natural Effects
This multidisciplinary activity involves many collaborators from around the world. It investigates the change in benthic (bottom-dwelling) communities of animals in polar and other low temperature aquatic environments. These results help understand the diversity and dynamics of benthic marine life and help predict responses to factors such as climate warming, introduction of contaminants, and the impacts of fishing practices.
Principal investigator: Kathy Conlan.
Australian canyon study: Shirley Sorokin, South Australian Research and Development Institute
Australian crustacean time-series study: Sabine Dittmann, Flinders University
Beaufort Sea research: Steve Blasco, Geological Survey of Canada
Alec Aitken, University of Saskatchewan
Antarctic research: Stacy Kim, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, California State
In the Museum's Blog
Studying the Enriching Effect of Submarine Canyons
Marine biologist Kathy Conlan and her team found 531 species of worms, shrimps, starfishes and more in underwater canyons off Australia. This research helps us understand the importance of such canyons to marine life.
Species Discoveries in 2014 at the Canadian Museum of Nature
Discovery of new species is a specialty of the museum's scientific research, and a bumper crop was named and classified in 2014. Continue reading