Workshop on Antarctic benthic biodiversityWorkshop on Antarctic benthic biodiversity

Antarctic biodiversity: report of a workshop






CAML/CeDAMar Workshop on Antarctic Biodiversity

CAML, DFG and CeDAMar workshop on Southern Ocean benthic biodiversity and distribution patterns From March 21st – 25th 2010 a workshop on “Southern Ocean biodiversity and biogeography:  What are the key spatial patterns in macro-and megabenthos and what drives them?” was held at the German Centre for Biodiversity Research (DZMB) in Wilhelmshaven (Germany).

Forty-five scientists from 13 different countries across Europe, North and South America, Asia and Oceania had the opportunity to cross many thousands of kilometres to discuss and review current progress in knowledge of Southern Ocean benthic biodiversity patterns across regions, taxa and researchers. Twenty-six talks and 15 posters presented various aspects of variety of life on Antarctica’s sea bed from shelf to deep sea, from taxonomy to phylogeography and across spatial scales and Antarctic regions. The discussion resulted in the initiation and preparation of two multi-author manuscripts on Southern Ocean benthic biodiversity patterns which are due to autumn 2010.


This meeting was kindly funded by the Census of Antarctic Marine Life (CAML), the German Science Foundation (DFG) and the Census of the Diversity of Abyssal Marine Life (CeDAMar).

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