Person: John Burns

John Burns is a systems biologist who considers biological problems across scales from the molecular to the cellular through global scales. He works in a variety of biological systems on linking genomic information to the functions, forms, and behaviors of cells and whole organisms (www.protistsystems.org). His research provided the first predictive model of the complex … Continued

Publication: Speth, D., Yu, F., Connon, S., Lim, S., Magyar, J., Pena, M. et al. (2021). Microbial community of recently discovered Auka vent field sheds light on vent biogeography and evolutionary history of thermophily. BioRxiv, doi: 10.1101/2021.08.02.454472. [This article has been published sas OPEN ACCESS]. 

Speth, D., Yu, F., Connon, S., Lim, S., Magyar, J., Pena, M. et al. (2021). Microbial community of recently discovered Auka vent field sheds light on vent biogeography and evolutionary history of thermophily. BioRxiv, doi: 10.1101/2021.08.02.454472. [This article has been published sas OPEN ACCESS].

Log Post: Baseline Exploration – Video Update

“Our goal is to learn about the different types of animal and microbial communities that occur off Southern California. We’re actually in exploration mode: many of these areas have not been visited or studied before. Some of them have not even been mapped accurately.” Take a behind-the-scenes look into the #BiodiverseSCB expedition in this video.

Log Post: Painting Other Worlds

My name is Tanya Young. I am a painter and a science illustrator. I have been painting ever since I can remember. I grew up attending the Young Artists’ Studio Saturday art classes for kids, held in the Art Institute of Chicago basement. I later went to college at the School of the Art Institute … Continued

Page: Biodiverse Borderlands

The deep sea hosts minerals that contain high quantities of elements that are valuable for human societies. Countries around the world are preparing to develop extractive practices for deep-sea minerals, and baseline biological data are needed to further assess the life that may dwell on or around minerals in different benthic environments. To examine the trade-offs … Continued

Person: Devin Vlach

Devin is a second-year M.S. student studying Biological Oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He is currently working with Dr. Lisa Levin and her amazing team of deep-sea scientists. His research is focused on the megafauna communities in the Southern California Borderland (SCB) and their affinity for phosphorite and ferromanganese crusts. Devin has previously … Continued

Log Post: Why Care For and Explore the Deep Ocean?

People are curious by nature and drawn to frontier settings. Marco Polo, Davey Crockett, Ernest Shackleton, Jacques Cousteau, and Captain James Kirk are testimony to the human desire to go where no man has gone before. This desire is no different in regards to the deep sea, a place of mystery and isolation. It is, … Continued

Log Post: Crunching Corals in the Deep Sea

It is likely most of you have never heard the word “corallivory,” and fair enough – it is not in the mainstream. But arguably, it should be! You may be familiar with the word “herbivory,” for example. Corallivory as a concept is similar and simply put, is the consumption of living corals by predators. See … Continued