Where the wild things are- Antarctic Seafloor Biodiversity by Dr Huw Griffiths

From burrowing worms to sea lemons to twelve-legged sea spiders to life underneath the ice shelf – the Antarctic seafloor is the most biodiverse in the world, with over 20 000 species living in the region!! Today, in the third webinar of the Seabed Habitats Seminar Series, Dr Huw Griffiths of the British Antarctic Survey gave a wonderful talk and discussion on the vast range of organisms living at the seabed around Antarctica. The team’s recent discovery of the first hard substrate sessile community beneath the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, situated on the South Eastern Weddell Sea, breaks all the rules of where scientists thought such life could exist (see the webinar and full Griffiths et al. 2021 paper)! A gigantic thank you to Huw for sharing his research and insights into studying the seabed of Antarctica as part of this webinar! The Antarctic seafloor is a very exciting place to work!!

Thank you to all attendees for signing up and attending from many different time zones and your questions and participation!

Reference

Griffiths Huw J., Anker Paul, Linse Katrin, Maxwell Jamie, Post Alexandra L., Stevens Craig, Tulaczyk Slawek and Smith James A. (2021) Breaking All the Rules: The First Recorded Hard Substrate Sessile Benthic Community Far Beneath an Antarctic Ice Shelf, Frontiers in Marine Science Available at: https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fmars.2021.642040

Where the wild things are: Antarctic seafloor biodiversity

It’s an exciting time as the third Seabed Habitats seminar entitled “Where the wild things are- Antarctic Seafloor Biodiversity” by Dr Huw Griffiths of the British Antarctic Survey, is happening on Tuesday 23rd February at 1300 GMT. Dr Huw Griffiths is a marine biogeographer with an interest in the Polar Regions and a passionate believer in science communication and making science more accessible to the public, policy makers and government. In 2020, Dr Huw Griffiths was awarded Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Medal for Education and Communication. Please save the date and join us to discover the unknown!! Sign up with your name and email to receive occasional updates about this seminar and future seminars in the series. Your email will only be used for this purpose.

Ecology of Sand Dunes of East Coast of India

Indian marine biologist Prof. M Srinivasan, Director of Centre for Advanced Study in Marine Biology in Tamil Nadu, India gave the second webinar of the Seabed Habitats Seminar Series! He discussed the importance of sand dunes (and mangroves) for coastal protection along the south Indian coast (against storm waves and the Indian ocean tsunami), sand dune formation and classification, dune vegetation (including its medicinal values), the increasing amounts of anthropogenic impacts affecting different types of dunes and valuable tips for management. A fascinating insight into the applied coastal research at one of the oldest marine institutes in India. We would like to cordially thank Prof. Srinivasan for giving this seminar and further increasing public awareness of sand dunes and their conservation.

Two February Seminars: Sand Dunes of India and Antarctic Seafloor Biodiversity

In February, am pleased to invite you to two webinars as part of the Seabed Habitats seminar series next month!

On Tuesday 9th February at 13.00 GMT, Prof. M Srinivasan, will be giving a talk entitled “Sand Dunes of East Coast of India.” Prof. Srinivasan is the Professor, Director and Dean of the Centre for Advanced Study of Marine Biology at Annamalai University in Tamil Nadu, India. The Centre specialises in research on mangroves and is a reputed marine institute in India, actively engaged in teaching, research and extension activities in marine sciences. I had the opportunity to visit the centre and meet Prof. Srinivasan when my family and I visited the Mangroves of Pichavaram whilst touring in Tamil Nadu.

Where the wild things are- Antarctic seafloor biodiversity

From Tamil Nadu to Antarctica, on February 23rd 1300 GMT, Dr Huw Griffiths of the British Antarctic Survey will be giving a talk about “ Where the wild things are- Antarctic seafloor biodiversity.” Dr Huw Griffiths is a marine biogeographer with an interest in the Polar Regions and a passionate believer in science communication and making science more accessible to the public, policy makers and government. In 2020, Dr Huw Griffiths was awarded Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Medal for Education and Communication.

There will be an opportunity for Q&A and discussion after the event!

So please sign up here and hope to see you next month!

Seabed Habitats Seminar Series January Webinar!

Today was a momentous day for this blog as it marked the start of the Seabed Habitats seminar series! Prof. Jason Hall-Spencer’s webinar entitled “Effects of CO2 on seabed habitats” took us on an informative journey through the world of ocean acidification and studying the impacts of a high CO2 world. An important call for action on what we as scientists and policy makers can do to protect ocean health and seabed habitats in the future. My welcome message and the highlights of the webinar by Prof Jason Hall-Spencer can be found below! A really big thank you to Jason for being the first speaker in our seminar series and for starting us on this journey of education!!! Also thank you to all who could join us for today’s January webinar (the first one!). And thanks to my sister for helping me out!

A January Welcome to the Seabed Habitats Seminar Series

Effects of CO2 on seabed habitats- Highlights of January Webinar by Prof Jason Hall-Spencer

Please do sign up for updates so I can keep you informed of new webinars each month occasionally at the blog post below or email me!

Seabed Habitats Seminar Series 2021

Introducing the Seabed Habitats Seminar Series 2021!!

This is a series of 12 online talks on various seabed habitats held on zoom on the last Tuesday of each month. For 2021, I have decided to organise this series of 12 online talks on various seabed habitats held on zoom on the last Tuesday of each month.

This January, Prof. Jason Hall-Spencer of Plymouth University will be starting us off on this journey through the marine realm, speaking about the “Effects of carbon dioxide on seabed habitats.” Jason is a Professor of Marine Biology at Plymouth University in the UK and specialises in the impacts of a high CO2 world on our seas and oceans.

Join us on 26th January 1300 GMT at this Zoom Link (please sign up or email me for the password) and keep in touch with future webinar announcements by filling the form below. Your email will only be used for webinar announcements/ occasional reminders and to inform of any changes to the schedule.

If you are a scientist or conservationist who would like to become a speaker in this future months of 2021, please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing seabedhabitats@gmail.com .