• Submarine canyons

    Submarine canyons

    Submarine canyons are recognized as ecological hotspots on continental margins, providing a number of services to ecosystems and humans. In the Mediterranean sea, canyons are particularly threaten by cumulated anthropogenic Read More
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In the recent years, concerns about the conservation of deep-ocean hotspot ecosystems have increased rapidly with the growing demand in mineral, biological and energetic resources from the deep-sea. The effect of global change (climate and acidification) on these ecosystems and their potential contribution to the oceanic feedbacks is raising additional issues that need to be addressed. The challenge for effective conservation, protection or restoration of deep-sea biodiversity hotpots is clearly now identified, but it is confronted with numerous gaps in our understanding of how a deep-sea communities change over time.

The new chair program aims at supporting the current momentum for the development of experimental approaches in functional ecology in the deep-sea. Advanced technologies (e.g. imaging, energy storage) and new methodologies (e.g. environmental genomics) are now available and can be brought together to meet this goal. In this context, the combination of training and research offers obvious mutual benefits, young scientist being the mediators of these technology transfers.