Deep-sea ecosystems are extreme environments with unique communities adapted to these habitats. The deep-sea is currently being exploited mainly by bottom trawling fishing and mining industry. There is a need to understand more these ecosystems that are barely explored in order to inform management actions for conservation.

Current projects

Seamounts at the Galapagos Marine Reserve

Charles Darwin Foundation

I am currently leading the seamounts program, coordinating the analysis of quantitative data and taxonomic analysis of samples collected in the deep-sea, with the collaboration of researchers and principal decision makers in the Galapagos. A biodiversity baseline and evaluation of the ecosystem services of these unique ecosystems because it provides the first ever characterization of deep-sea seamounts, its biodiversity and ecosystem services, thus enhancing the development of a sustainable management for the seamounts in the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR).

  Previous projects

Deep-sea biodiversity in the submarine canyons in the Mediterranean sea

Marine Science Institute of Barcelona (Spain)

I worked on the project “Ecological study of deep-coral banks in the Mediterranean for their proposal to be declared marine reserves”. As part of my degree thesis, I studied deep-sea ecology of the submarine canyons in the Cap de Creus analysing video transects from Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs).

Related publications:

A Gori, C Orejas, T Madurell, L Bramanti, M Martins, E Quintanilla, P Marti-Puig, C Lo Iacono, P Puig, S Requena, M Greenacre, J Gili. Bathymetrical distribution and size structure of cold-water coral populations in the Cap de Creus and Lacaze-Duthiers canyons (northwestern Mediterranean). Biogeosciences Discussions Vol 9, 2012/12, p. 19053-19084.

Marti-Puig, Patricia (2009). Ichtyofauna diversity and distribution in the Cap de Creus Canyon. Degree thesis. Marine Science Institute of Barcelona.