SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM

DEEPLIFE • 2021-2030

A unique collaboration between UNDER THE POLE and international scientists to discover marine animal forests of the mesophotic zone (30-200 m in depth) and their role in the functioning of marine ecosystem.

Au fil d’un tour du monde allant des régions polaires aux régions tropicales en passant par les régions tempérées, les observations, échantillonnages et expérimentations fourniront une identification plus précise des forêts marines animales à fort risque face aux changements climatiques (« hotspots » de vulnérabilité), permettant de proposer des outils d’atténuation et de de gestion de ces habitats marins particuliers, largement inexplorés et ignorés des plans de préservation.

A PRIORITY HABITAT FOR OCEAN CONSERVATION

MARINE ANIMAL FORESTS

Marine animal forests are among the richest and most diverse marine ecosystems on the planet. Marine animal forests are formed by animals (e.g. sponges, corals, bryozoans) which form three-dimensional structures providing architectural complexity and sheltering for diverse associated species.

These forests transform the landscape and reduce the microclimate variability (temperature, pH, etc., of the forest), thus forming oases of biodiversity hosting species of economic and ecological importance, and places of refuge for vulnerable species. As these forests are formed by animals, they are not limited by the lack of light (specific to plant photosynthesis) and reach their full potential in the mesophotic zone (30-200 m depth), which offers optimal conditions for their development. On an oceanic scale, the ecosystems sheltered by these habitats could prove to be as essential as the equatorial forest for the preservation of biodiversity.

MAFs have been recognized as Vulnerable Marine habitats by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and will likely be the first victims of accelerating environmental changes. Urgent conservation actions are required, but data on MAFs are sparse and fragmented. We are missing a holistic approach at a wide geographical and bathymetrical scale if we are to efficiently protect these vulnerable ecosystems. However, scientists are facing major technical obstacles to the study of marine animal forests..

To fill this knowledge gap that is essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UNDER THE POLE - DEEPLIFE - 2021-2030 programme will explore the marine animal forests of the mesophotic zone across the world's ocean basins, from the polar regions to the tropics and temperate regions.

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Diving: an asset for studying mesophotic ecosystems

Entering the mesophotic zone requires technical knowledge and experience. Beyond 60 meters in depth, classic diving techniques are no longer sufficient. This difficulty in accessing depths has led to a compartmentalization of knowledge on coastal habitats, with well-known surface ecosystems (0-30m) and unknown mesophotic ecosystems (30-200m).

The diver allows fine observation, precise and fast sampling and incomparable flexibility. The plurality of their senses, the finesse of their movements and their capacity for analysis make humans indispensable as a tool for correctly understanding the underwater ecosystems. But diving in the mesophotic zone requires unique expertise and the very latest technologies. Thus, the collaborative model combining UNDER THE POLE’s diving skill with scientists provides an answer to the need for accurate knowledge of the oceans..

THE SCIENTIFIC TEAM

Our two scientific directors are accompanied by international researchers. 

Laetitia HÉDOUIN

DEEPLIFE SCIENTIFIC CO-DIRECTOR

CNRS, PSL Research University, EPHE-UPVD-CNRS, USR3278 CRIOBE

Lorenzo BRAMANTI

DEEPLIFE SCIENTIFIC CO-DIRECTOR

CNRS, LECOB, UMR 8222

Myrina BOULAIS

SCIENTIFIC COORDINATOR

Philippe ARCHAMBAULT, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Quebec, Canada

Frédéric BERTUCCI, BOREA, University of the French West Indies, Guadeloupe, France

Bodil BLUHMFaculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics, University of Tromso (UiT), Norway

Émilie BOISSIN, CRIOBE, EPHE, France

Pim BONGAERTS, California Academy of Sciences, USA

Isabelle BONNARD, CRIOBE, UPVD, France

Simon BRANDL, Marine Science Institute, University of Texas, USA

Jordan CASEY, Marine Science Institute, University of Texas, USA

Guttorm CHRISTENSEN, Akvaplan-Niva, Norway

Joachim CLAUDET, CRIOBE, CNRS, France

Camille CLERISSI, CRIOBE, EPHE, France

Bruno DANIS, Laboratory of Marine Biology, ULB, Belgium

Émilie DASSIÉ, EPOC-OASU, CNRS, Université de Bordeaux, France

Vianney DENIS, Institute of Oceanography, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Lucia DI IORO, CEFREM, UPVD, France

Philippe DUBOIS, Laboratory of Marine Biology, ULB, Belgium

Sam DUPONT, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Igor EECKHAUT, Laboratory of Biology of Marine Organisms and Biomimicry, University of Mons, Belgium, Belaza Marine Station, Institute of Halieutics and Marine Sciences, University of Tuléar, Madagascar

Brian D. GREENE, University of Hawai’i System, USA

Katell GUIZIEN, LECOB, CNRS, France

Vreni HAÜSSERMANN, Huinay Scientific Field Station, Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, School of Marine Sciences, Faculty of Natural Resources, Chile

Nicolas INGUIMBERT, CRIOBE, UPVD, France

Juliette JACQUEMONT, Ocean-Climate Platform and CNRS, France

Frédéric LEMAÎTRE, CETAPS, University of Rouen, France

Gilles LEPOINT, Laboratory of Oceanology, MARE Center, University of Liège, Belgium, Belaza Marine Station, Institute of Halieutics and Marine Sciences, University of Tuléar, Madagascar

Bruno MALAIZÉ, EPOC-OASU, Université de Bordeaux, France

Élodie MARTINEZ, LOPS, IRD, France

Francisco OTERO FERRER, IU ECOAQUA-ULPGC, Spain

Éric PARMENTIER, FOCUS, University of Liège, Belgium

Valeriano PARRAVICINI, CRIOBE, EPHE, France

Serge PLANES, CRIOBE, CNRS, Moorea, Polynésie française

Benoit PUJOL, CRIOBE, CNRS, Moorea, Polynésie française

Richard PYLE, Bishop Museum, USA

Paul RENAUD, Akvaplan-niva,Tromsø, Norway / University Centre in Svalbard, Norway

Luiz ROCHA, California Academy of Sciences, USA

Cristina ROMERA CASTILLO, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar-CSIC, Spain

Sergio ROSSI, DISTEBA, University of Salento, Italy / Labomar, Federal University of Ceará, Bresil

Nathalie TAPISSIER-BONTEMPS, CRIOBE, UPVD, France

Lucas TERRANA, Laboratory of Biology of Marine Organisms and Biomimicry, University of Mons, Belgium, Belaza Marine Station, Institute of Halieutics and Marine Sciences, University of Tuléar, Madagascar

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