Digital Fossils at the British Geological Survey

submitted by: Tim_McCormick
Specimens are the raw material on which the science of natural history is based, and this is especially so in palaeontology where the only direct evidence of the historical diversity of life is fossilised remains of organisms' bodies and their activities.  The British Geological Survey's palaeontological collections house an estimated three million specimens, representing most phyla with a fossil record, and all geological periods from Neoproterozoic (< 1000 Ma BP) to Recent.  As well...

Deep sea fish biodiversity: comparisons of coral and non-coral areas.

submitted by: Christopher_Smith

The biodiversity of the deep-water fish assemblages of coral and non coral areas in the Eastern Ionian Sea was examined in the framework of the sampling cruises of the 7FP EU research project CoralFISH conducted by HCMR in the Eastern Ionian Sea. Experimental long line fishing was carried out in deep waters from 300 to 800 m depth in June and October 2010.

Macoma balthica in the Baltic Sea – can signs of ongoing acidification be detected?

submitted by: Anna_Jansson

Ocean acidification (OA) is a serious threat to marine biodiversity. Most of the OA research, however, investigates impacts of predicted future pH values on survival and performance of marine species, while less attention is paid to the possible effects that OA has in its current extent. Shells of different organisms are widely used as environmental proxies, describing e.g. past salinity and temperature conditions.

Global mangrove mapping techniques:  a comparison of two approaches and their implications for real world decision making

submitted by: Claire_Fitzgerald

Understanding the advantages and limitations of different methods for mapping marine and coastal habitats is essential for the appropriate practical application of these datasets in real-world monitoring, assessment, and decision making.

Study and conservation of marine biodiversity in Indonesian reefs Clara Serra,Marco Segre Reinach,Yurij Barrettara and Marco Baj Coral Eye,Indonesian reef research out post

submitted by: Marco_Segre

High level of biodiversity means plenty  variety of species, high resilience and many ecological, cultural and economic  advantages.
The Italian-Indonesian group Coral Eye, thanks to the past cooperation with Italian University “Politecnica delle Marche”, realized in 2010 the first campus “Mata Karang”. The aim of the campus is to provide on- site the perfect instrument for all scientists involved in the study and preservation of biodiversity in coral reef ecosystem.