Articles in peer-review journals


Le Bris, N., Yücel, M., Das, A., Sievert, S.M., LokaBharathi, P., Girguis, P.R., 2019. Hydrothermal Energy Transfer and Organic Carbon Production at the Deep Seafloor. Frontiers in Marine Science 5.

Lartaud F., Mouchi V., Chapron L., Meistertzheim A.L., and Le Bris N.. 2019. Growth Patterns of Mediterranean Calcifying Cold-Water Corals. In C. Orejas, C. Jiménez (eds.), Mediterranean Cold-Water Corals: Past, Present and Future, Coral Reefs of the World 9,

Levin, L.A., Bett, B.J., Gates, A.R., Heimbach, P., Howe, B.M., Janssen, F., McCurdy, A., Ruhl, H.A., Snelgrove, P., Stocks, K.I., Bailey, D., Baumann-Pickering, S., Beaverson, C., Benfield, M.C., Booth, D.J., Carreiro-Silva, M., Colaço, A., Eblé, M.C., Fowler, A.M., Gjerde, K.M., Jones, D.O.B., Katsumata, K., Kelley, D., Le Bris, N., Leonardi, A.P., Lejzerowicz, F., Macreadie, P.I., McLean, D., Meitz, F., Morato, T., Netburn, A., Pawlowski, J., Smith, C.R., Sun, S., Uchida, H., Vardaro, M.F., Venkatesan, R., Weller, R.A., 2019. Global Observing Needs in the Deep Ocean. Frontiers in Marine Science 6.

Aguzzi, D. Chatzievangelou, S. Marini, E. Fanelli, R. Danovaro, Sascha Flögel, N. Le Bris, Francis Juanes, F. C. De Leo, J. Del Rio, L. Thomsen, C. Costa, G. Riccobene, C. Tamburini, D.Lefevre, C.Gojak, P.-M. Poulain, P.Favali, A. Griffa, A.Purser, D. Cline, D. Edgington, J.Navarro, S.StefanniS. D’Hondt, I. G. Priede, R. Rountree, and J. B. Company. New High-Tech Flexible Networks for the Monitoring of Deep-Sea Ecosystems. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.9b00409 Environ. Sci. Technol. 2019.


Rzeznik-Orignac, J., Puisay, A., Derelle, E., Peru, E., Le Bris, N., and Galand, P. E. (2018). Co-occurring nematodes and bacteria in submarine canyon sediments. PeerJ 6, e5396. doi:10.7717/peerj.5396.

Kalenitchenko, D., Le Bris, N., Peru, E., Galand, P.E., 2018. Ultrarare marine microbes contribute to key sulphur-related ecosystem functions. Molecular Ecology 27, 1494–1504.

Kalenitchenko D., Péru E., Contreira Pereira L., Petetin C., Galand P. E., Le Bris N. 2018. The early conversion of deep-sea wood falls into chemosynthetic hotspots revealed by in situ monitoring" Scientific Reports 8.

Kalenitchenko, D., Le Bris, N., Dadaglio, L., Peru, E., Besserer, A., Galand, P.E., 2018. Bacteria alone establish the chemical basis of the wood-fall chemosynthetic ecosystem in the deep-sea. The ISME Journal.

Chapron, L., Peru, E., Engler, A., Ghiglione, J.F., Meistertzheim, A.L., Pruski, A.M., Purser, A., Vétion, G., Galand, P.E., Lartaud, F., 2018. Macro- and microplastics affect cold-water corals growth, feeding and behaviour. Scientific Reports 8.


Kalenitchenko, D., Le Bris, N., Dadaglio, L., Peru, E., Besserer, A., Galand, P.E., 2017. Bacteria alone establish the chemical basis of the wood-fall chemosynthetic ecosystem in the deep-sea. The ISME Journal. doi:10.1038/ismej.2017.163

Lartaud F., Meistertzheim A.L., Peru E. and Le Bris N. (2017) In situ growth of reef-building cold-water corals: the good, the bad and the ugly. Deep Sea Res Part I Oceanogr Res Pap 121:70–78.

Rzeznik-Orignac, J., Kalenitchenko, D., Mariette, J., Bodiou, J.-Y., Le Bris, N., Derelle, E., 2017. Comparison of meiofaunal diversity by combined morphological and molecular approaches in a shallow Mediterranean sediment. Marine Biology 164. doi:10.1007/s00227-017-3074-4

Le Bris N., Arnaud-Haond S., Beaulieu S., Cordes E., Hilario A., Rogers A., van de Gaever S. Watanabe H.. 2017 Chapter 45 2017. Hydrothermal Vents and Cold Seeps, in: The First Global Integrated Marine Assessment. United Nations (Ed.),Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 853–862.


Lartaud, F., Galli, G., Raza, A., Priori, C., Benedetti, M.C., Cau, A., Santangelo, G., Iannelli, M., Solidoro, C., Bramanti, L., 2016. Growth Patterns in Long-Lived Coral Species, in: Rossi, S., Bramanti, L., Gori, A., Orejas Saco del Valle, C. (Eds.), Marine Animal Forests. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 1–32.

Di Carlo, M., Giovannelli, D., Fattorini, D., Le Bris, N., Vetriani, C., Regoli, F., 2017. Trace elements and arsenic speciation in tissues of tube dwelling polychaetes from hydrothermal vent ecosystems (East Pacific Rise): An ecological role as antipredatory strategy? Marine Environmental Research. doi:10.1016/j.marenvres.2017.10.003

Kalenitchenko D, Dupraz M, Le Bris N, Petetin C, Rose C, West NJ, Galand PE (2016). Ecological succession leads to chemosynthesis in mats colonizing wood in sea water. ISME Journal, 10(9): 2246-2258

Matthew Chung, Valentin Starovoytov, Justin Staley, Nadine Le Bris, Costantino Vetriani, Donato Giovannelli (2016). Sulfurovum riftiae sp. nov., a mesophilic, thiosulfate-oxidizing, nitrate-reducing chemolithoautotrophic Epsilonproteobacterium isolated from the tube of the deep-sea hydrothermal vent polychaete, Riftia pachyptila. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 04/2016; 66(7). DOI:10.1099/ijsem.0.001106.

Lartaud F, Galli G, Raza A, Priori C, Benedetti MC, Cau A, Santangel G, Iannelli M, Solidoro C, Bramanti L 2016. Growth Patterns in Long-Lived Coral Species. In book: Marine Animal Forests, pp.1-32. [DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-17001-5_15-1].


A. Levin and N. Le Bris. The deep ocean under climate change. Science 350, 766 (2015). DOI: 10.1126/science.aad0126

Meistertzheim, A.-L., Lartaud, F., Arnaud-Haond, S., Kalenitchenko, D., Bessalam, M., Le Bris, N., Galand, P.E., 2016. Patterns of bacteria-host associations suggest different ecological strategies between two reef building cold-water coral species. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 114, 12–22. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2016.04.013

Nedoncelle K., F. Lartaud, L. Contreira-Pereira, M. Yücel, A. M. Thurnherr, L. Mullineaux, N. Le Bris. Bathymodiolus growth dynamics in relation to environmental fluctuations in vent habitats. Deep-Sea Research Part I.

Gollner, S., Govenar, B., Arbizu, P.M., Mills, S., Le Bris, N., Weinbauer, M., Shank, T.M., Bright, M., 2015. Differences in recovery between deep-sea hydrothermal vent and vent-proximate communities after a volcanic eruption. Deep Sea Res. Part Oceanogr. Res. Pap. 106, 167–182. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2015.10.008.

Kalenitchenko D., Fagervold S.K., Pruski A.M., Vétion G., Yücel M., Le Bris N., P.E. Galand (2015) Temporal and spatial constraints on community assembly during microbial colonization of wood in seawater. The ISME Journal (2015), 1–14.

German, C.R., Legendre, L.L., Sander, S.G., Niquil, N., Luther, G.W., Bharati, L., Han, X., Le Bris, N., 2015. Hydrothermal Fe cycling and deep ocean organic carbon scavenging: Model-based evidence for significant POC supply to seafloor sediments. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 419, 143–153. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.03.012

Rodrigues C., S. R. Laming, S. M. Gaudron, G. Oliver, N.Le Bris, S. Duperron. 2015. A sad tale: has Idas argenteus lost its symbionts? A sad tale: has Idas argenteus lost its symbionts? Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 114(2):398-405. Doi: 10.1111/bij.12431.


Fagervold SK, Romano C, Kalenitchenko D, Borowski C, Nunes-Jorge A, Martin D, Galand PE (2014). Microbial communities on sunken wood are structured by wood-boring bivalves and location in a submarine canyon. PLOS ONE, 9(5): e96248

Nedoncelle K., N. Le Bris, N.Labourdette, F. Lartaud. Non-equilibrium fractionation of stable carbon isotopes in chemosynthetic mussels. Chemical Geology 387 (2014) 35–46.

Lartaud F., Pareige S., de Rafelis M., Feuillassier L., Bideau M., Peru E., De la Vega, E. Nedoncelle K., Romans, P. Le Bris N.. (2014) Potential seasonal trends in the in situ growth of reef-building cold-water coral. Deep-Sea Res. Part II 99(2014)64–70

Bessette S., Fagervold S.K., Romano C., Martin D., Le Bris N., Galand P.E .(2014). Diversity of bacterial communities on sunken woods in the Mediterranean Sea. Journal of Marine Science and Technology, 22(1): 60-66.

Mouchi, V., Crowley, Q.G., Jackson, A.L., Mcdermott, F., Monteys, X., RaféLis, M.D., Rueda, J.L., Lartaud, F., 2014. Potential seasonal calibration for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction using skeletal microstructures and strontium measurements from the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa. J. Quat. Sci. 29, 803–814. doi:10.1002/jqs.2750


Fagervold S. K., S. Bessette, C. Romano, D. Martin, M. Plyuscheva, N. Le Bris and P. E. Galand (2013). Microbial communities associated with the degradation of oak wood in the Blanes submarine canyon and its adjacent open slope (NW Mediterranean). special issue "Integrated study of a deep submarine canyon and adjacent open slopes in the Western Mediterranean Sea: an essential habitat".Progress in Oceanography 118 (2013) 137–143.

Contreira-Pereira L., Yücel, M. Omanovic D., Le Bris N.. Compact autonomous voltammetric sensor for sulfide monitoring in deep sea vent habitats   Deep-sea research Part I 80 (2013) 47–57.

Nedoncelle K., Lartaud F. de Rafelis M. Boulila. S.. Le Bris N. (2013). Hydrothermal deep-sea vent mussels form shell on lunar daily basis (sclerochronology, calcein marking). Marine Biology 160:1427–1439.

Yücel M., S. M. Sievert, C. Vetriani, D. I. Foustoukos, D. Giovannelli, N. Le Bris (2013b) Eco-geochemical dynamics of a shallow-water hydrothermal vent system at Milos Island, Aegean Sea (Eastern Mediterranean). Chemical geology. 356, 11-20.

Yücel M., P. E. Galand, S. K. Fagervold, UL. Contreira-Pereira U, N. Le Bris. Sulfide production and consumption in degrading wood in the marine environment. Chemosphere, 90 (2013a) 403–409.

Yücel M. (2013c) Down the thermodynamic ladder: A comparative study of marine redox gradients across diverse sedimentary environments. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 131, 83-92.


Lartaud F., UPareige S.U, de Rafelis M., Feuillassier L., Bideau M ., Peru E., Romans P., Alcala F., Le Bris N. A novel mark and recapture technique to assess cold water coral growth process. 2012. Aquatic Living Resources 26 (2) 187-196.

Mullineaux L. S., N. Le Bris, S. W. Mills, P. Henri, S. R. Bayer, R. G. Secrist, N. Siu,"Detecting the influence of initial pioneers on succession at deep-sea vents. 2012. PLoS One 7 (12 ) e50015, 1-14.

Luther, G.W. III, A. Gartman, M. Yücel, A.S. Madison, T.S. Moore, H.A. Nees, D.B. Nuzzio, A. Sen, R.A. Lutz, T.M. Shank, and C.R. Fisher. (2012). Chemistry, temperature, and faunal distributions at diffuse-flow hydrothermal vents: Comparison of two geologically distinct ridge systems. Oceanography 25(1) : 234-245.

Scott K. M., Dobrinski K., Boller A., Le Bris N. (2012). Response of hydrothermal vent vestimentiferan Riftia pachyptila to differences in habitat chemistry. Marine Biology 159 (2) : 435-442.

Bennett S. A., Statham P. J., Green D. R. H., Le Bris N., McDermott J., Prado F., Rouxel O. J., Von Damm K., German C. R. Dissolved and particulate organic carbon in hydrothermal plumes from the East Pacific Rise, 9°50’N. 2012. Deep-Sea Research Part I 58(9): 922-931.

Fagervold SK, Galand PE, Zbinden M, Gaill F, Lebaron P, Palacios C (2012). Sunken woods on the ocean floor provide diverse specialized habitats for microorganisms. FEMS Microbiology Ecology,82(3): 616-628


Gardebrecht S., Markert S., Sievert M., Felbeck H., Thürmer A., Albrecht D., Wollherr A., Kabisch J., Le Bris N., Lehmann R., Daniel R., Liesegang H., Hecker M, Schweder T. (2011). The endosymbionts 1 of the deep-sea vent tubeworms Riftia pachyptila and Tevnia jerichonana share an identical physiology. The ISME Journal (2011) 1–11

Gartman A., Yücel M., Madison A.S., Chu D.W., Ma S., Janzen C., Becker E.L., Sen A., Fisher C.R., Beinart R.A., Girguis P.R., Luther G.W. (2011). Sulfide oxidation across diffuse flow zones of hydrothermal vents. Aquatic Geochemistry, 17: 583-601.

Lartaud F., Little C.T.S., de Rafelis M., Bayon G., Dyment J., Ildefonse B., Gressier V., Fouquet Y., Gaill F. and Le Bris N. (2011). Fossil evidence for serpentinization fluids fueling chemosynthetic assemblages. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 108: 7698-7703.

Yücel M, Gartman A, Chan CS, Luther GW (2011). Hydrothermal vents as a kinetically stable source of iron-sulphide-bearing nanoparticles to the ocean. Nature Geoscience, 4 : 367-37


Gaudron S.M., Pradillon F., Pailleret M., Duperron S., Le Bris N., Gaill F. 2010. Colonization of organic substrates deployed In deep-sea reducing habitats by symbiotic species and associated fauna. 2010. Marine Environmental Research. 70: 1–12, 920.

Gollner S., Riemer B., Martınez Arbizu P., Le Bris N., Bright M. (2010). Diversity of Meiofauna from the 9°50’N East Pacific Rise across a Gradient of Hydrothermal Fluid Emissions. PLoS One 5 (8) e12321.

Lartaud F., de Rafelis M., Oliver G., Krylova E., Dyment J., Ildefonse B., Thibaud R., Gente P., Hoisé H., Meistertzheim A.L., Fouquet Y., Gaill F. and Le Bris N. (2010). Fossil clams from a serpentinite-hosted sedimented vent field near the active smoker complex Rainbow (MAR, 36°13N): insight into the biogeography of vent fauna. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 11 : Q0AE01.

Müller F., Brissac T., Le Bris N., Felbeck H. and Gros O. (2010). First description of giant Archaea (Thaumarchaeota) associated with putative bacterial ectosymbionts in a sulfidic marine habitat. Environmental Microbiology 12(8) : 2371–2383

Hydrothermal Energy Transfer and Organic Carbon Production at the Deep Seafloor


Nadine Le Bris, Mustafa Yücel, Anindita Das, Stefan M. Sievert, PonnaPakkam LokaBharathi and Peter R. Girguis

Review article  - doi: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00531

figure SCOR IR LeBrisetal VDomienIn just four decades, hundreds of hydrothermal vent fields have been discovered, widely distributed along tectonic plate boundaries on the ocean floor. Vent invertebrate biomass reaching up to tens of kilograms per square meter has attracted attention as a potential contributor to the organic carbon pool available in the resource-limited deep sea. But the rate of chemosynthetic production of organic carbon at deep-sea hydrothermal vents is highly variable and still poorly constrained. Despite the advent of molecular techniques and in situ sensing technologies, the factors that control the capacity of vent communities to exploit the available chemical energy resources remain largely unknown. Here, we review key drivers of hydrothermal ecosystem productivity, including (a) the diverse mechanisms governing energy transfer among biotic and abiotic processes; (b) the tight linkages among these processes; and (c) the nature and extent of spatial and temporal diversity within a variety of geological settings; and (d) the influence of these and other factors on the turnover of microbial primary producers, including those associated with megafauna.

This review has been initiated by the SCOR- InterRidge working group “hydrothermal energy transfer and the ocean carbon cycle” lead by NLB and C. R. German.

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