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