Southeast Ecological Science Center
The U.S. Geological Survey’s DISCOVRE project brings together a multi-disciplinary team to study the biology, ecology, and connectivity of deep-sea coral environments with the goal of providing the science necessary for their effective conservation and management.
This 5-year multidisciplinary research program will investigate hard bottom habitats, shipwrecks, and submarine canyons on the continental margin of the eastern United States off Virginia and Maryland. Investigators will examine the biological, chemical and physical oceanography in these areas to help understand the community structure, connectivity and trophodynamics of deep-sea ecosystems in submarine canyons.
Characterizing the community structure and food webs of deep-sea coral and seep invertebrates.
Identifying and characterizing microbial communities associated with corals, at the base of the soft-sediment food webs, and in biofilms on hard substrates.
Using long-lived black corals as archives to determine the climate and ocean chemistry over hundreds to thousands of years.
Using genetic tools to characterize local and regional patterns of deep reef connectivity.
By design, the USGS DISCOVRE project is integrated with larger regional efforts involving the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and academic institutions.
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Amanda Demopoulos (SESC) will participate on a research cruise August 21-27 as part of the USGS DISCOVRE Mid-Atlantic Canyons project aboard the NOAA ship Nancy Foster. She will join colleagues from the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), and Continental Shelf Associates (CSA) to recover the deep-sea landers and moorings that have been collecting oceanographic and particulate flux data in the canyons since August 2012. (POC: Amanda Demopoulos, email@example.com)
Cultured fungal associates from the deep-sea coral Lophelia pertusa. [Journal Abstract]
Megafaunal-habitat associations at a deep-sea coral mound off North Carolina, USA.
Impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on a deep-water coral community in the Gulf of Mexico. [Journal Abstact]