Key Collaborators

Dr. Will Goodall-Copestake

British Antarctic Survey, UK
Will's  is a molecular biologist, with his current research exploring Southern Ocean marine biodiversity. He uses modern genetics-based methods and traditional morphological analysis to assist with the identification of species, to quantify their diversity, infer their relationships and investigate their traits. The aim of Will's research is to further our understanding of marine species and to generate data of value for ecosystem process models, environmental conservation efforts and technological innovations. 
Newsham, K.K., Goodall-Copestake, W.P., Ochyra, R., Vana, J. (2014). Mycothalli of the hepatic Barbilophozia hatcheri in Antarctica: distribution and identities of mycobionts. Fungal Ecology, 11. 91-99. 10.1016/j.funeco.2014.05.001
Goodall-Copestake, W. P. (2014). Morphological and molecular characterization of salps (Thalia spp.) from the Tristan da Cunha archipelago. Journal of Plankton Research, 36. 883-888. doi:10.1093/plankt/fbu013
Seear, P.J., Goodall-Copestake, W.P., Fleming, A.H., Rosato, E., Tarling, G.A. (2012). Seasonal and spatial influences on gene expression in Antarctic krill Euphausia superba. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 467. 61-75. doi:10.3354/meps09947
Jana Dömel
University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Jana is an Antarctic marine biologist, specialising in the ecology and evolution of sea spiders (Pycnogonida). Jana is studying the mechanisms that drive speciation in sea spiders using genetics. During her PhD, Jana will investigate how much adaptation influences speciation of sea spiders in the Southern Ocean. 
Dömel, J.S., Convey, P., and Leese, F. (2015). Genetic data support independent glacial refugia and open ocean barriers to dispersal for the Southern Ocean sea spider Austropallene cornigera (Möbius, 1902). Journal of Crustacean Biology 35; 480-490. 
Dietz, L., Arango, C.P., Dömel, J.S., Halanych, K.M., Harder, A.M., Held, C., Mahon, A.R., Mayer, C., Melzer, R.R., Rouse, G.R., Weis, A., Wilson, N.G., Leese, F. (2015). Regional differentiation and extensive hybridization between mitochondrial clades of the Southern Ocean giant sea spider Colossendeis megalonyx. Royal Society Open Science: DOI: 10.1098/rsos.140424   
Leese, F., Brand, P., Rozenberg, A., Mayer, C., Agrawal, S., Dambach, J., Dietz, L., Dömel, J.S.Goodall-Copestake, W.P., Jackson, J.A., Lampert, K.P.,  Linse, K., Macher, J.N., Nolzen, J., Raupach, M.J., Rivera, N.T., Schubert, C.D., Striewski, S., Tollrian, R., Sands, C.J. (2012). Exploring Pandora’s box: Potential and pitfalls of low coverage genome surveys for evolutionary biology. Plos One 7:e49202
Dr. Paul Brickle
South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI), Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas
Paul Brickle is the Director of SAERI, an academic organisation conducting research in the South Atlantic from the tropics down to the ice in Antarctica . Paul’s interests include the ecology and oceanography of the southern Patagonian Shelf, particularly the reproductive biology, age and growth, population dynamics and the population structure of marine species inhabiting the waters of this region. Paul is also interested in shallow marine ecology, community ecology and biogeography of small isolated islands.
Brickle, P., Schuchert, P.C., Arkhipkin, A.I., Reid, M.R., Randhawa, H.S. (2016). Otolith Trace Elemental Analyses of South American Austral Hake, Merluccius australis (Hutton, 1872) Indicates Complex Salinity Structuring on their Spawning/Larval Grounds. PLoS ONE 11(1): e0145479. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0145479
Quillfeldt, P., Ekschmitt, K., Brickle, P. et al. (2015). Variability of higher trophic level stable isotope data in space and time - a case study in a marine ecosystem. Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom 29:667–674. doi:10.1002/rcm.7145
Arkhipkin, A., Brickle, P., Laptikhovsky, V., Winter, A. (2012). Dining hall at sea: feeding migrations of nektonic predators to the eastern Patagonian Shelf. Journal of Fish Biology: 81: 882–902. 
Prof. Piotr Kukliński
Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Piotr is a benthic ecologist working at the Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences and is a scientific associate at Natural History Museum in London. Currently his professional focus is on taxonomy and systematics of polar bryozoans, factors controlling biodiversity, processes of colonization and succession on rocky bottoms and factors controlling them, and invertebrates skeletal geochemistry in relation to biological and environmental factors. His research take places mostly in polar and temperate areas. Piotr is also passionate about diving and underwater photography.
Zmudczynska-Skarbek, K., Balaz,y P., Kuklinski, P. (2015). An assessment of seabird influence on Arctic coastal benthic communities. Journal of Marine Systems 144: 48-56. 
Balazy, P., Kuklinski, P., Wlodarska-Kowalczuk, M., Barnes, D.K.A., Kedra, M., Legezynska, J., Weslawski, J.M. (2015). Hermit crabs (Pagurus spp.) at their northernmost range: distribution, abundance and shell use in the European Arctic. Polar Research 34, 21412.
Berge, J., Daase, M., Renaud, P.E., Ambrose, W.G., Darnis, G., Last, K.S., Leu, E., Cohen, J.H., Johnsen, G., Moline, M.A., Cottier, F., Varpe, Ø., Shunatova, N., Bałazy, P., Morata, N., Massabuau, J-C., Falk-Petersen, S., Kosobokova, K., Hoppe, C.J.M., Węsławski, J.M., Kukliński, P., Legeżyńska, J., Nikishina, D., Cusa, M., Kędra, M., Włodarska-Kowalczuk, M., Vogedes, D., Camus, L., Tran, D., Michaud, E., Gabrielsen, T.M., Granovitch, A., Gonchar, A., Krapp, R., Callesen, T.A. (2015). Unexpected Levels of Biological Activity during the Polar Night Offer New Perspectives on a Warming Arctic. Current Biology 25 (19), 2555–2561.
Prof. Riccardo Sahade 
Cordoba University, Argentina
Ricardo Sahade is Professor of Marine Ecology at University of Cordoba, Argentina. His main research interest is studying the patterns of benthic communities and food web structures, reproductive strategies and population genetic structure of targeted species of these ecosystems. He is currently interested in the impact of the ongoing environmental change processes in the polar regions. He has participated in numerous campaigns both to Antarctica and the Arctic where he has the opportunity to sample by diving using non-destructive methods as photographs and videos. 
Pasotti, F., Saravia, L.A., De Troch, M., Tarantielli, M.S., Sahade, R., Vanreusel, A. (2015). Benthic Trophic Interactions in an Antarctic Shallow Water Ecosystem Affected by Recent Glacier Retreat. PLoS ONE: DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0141742
Sahade, R., Tarantelli, S., Tatián, M., Mercuri, G. (2008). Benthic community shifts: a possible linkage to climate change? Berichte zur Polar und Meeresforschung: 571, 331–339.
Tatián, M., Mercuri, G., Fuentes, V., Antacli, J.C., Stellfeldt, A., Sahade, R. (2008). Role of benthic filter feeders in pelagic-benthic coupling: assimilation, biodeposition and particle flux. Berichte zur Polar und Meereforschung: 571, 118–127.
Dolores Deregibus
Instituto Antártico Argentino, Argentina
Dolores' research is focused in measuring the iceberg impacts on the seabed and the biological responses of Antarctic benthic communities. At Carlini Station, on the South Shetland Islands, Dolores has been involved in ice scour experiments in two newly ice-free areas with different degrees of glacial influence. Her research is attempting to link regional warming, sea ice losses, iceberg scouring and biological responses in a regional scale in the Antarctic. 
Deregibus, D., Quartino, M.L., Campana, G.L., Momo, F.R., Wiencke, C., Zacher, K. (2015). Photosynthetic light requirements and vertical distribution of macroalgae in newly ice-free areas in Potter Cove, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. Polar Biology. DOI: 10.1007/s00300-015-1679-y
Quartino, M.L., Deregibus, D., Campana, G.L., Latorre, G.E.J, Momo, F.R. (2013). Evidence of macroalgal colonization on newly ice-free areas following glacial retreat in potter cove (South Shetland Islands), Antarctica. PLoS ONE, 8, e58223
Dr. Gail Ashton
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, USA & British Antarctic Survey
Gail is a marine benthic ecologist focussing on hard substrate communities. Her work spans tropical to polar latitudes in an attempt to understand the effect of anthropogenic impacts on marine communities. Her interests include: the distribution and dispersal of marine invertebrates; factors determining the settlement and establishment of fouling communities; phylogenetic analysis of population distributions and introduction pathways; and the influence of the physical environment on the success of invertebrate species.
Hughes, K.A., Ashton, G.V. (2016). Breaking the ice: the introduction of biofouling organisms to Antarctica on vessel hulls. Aquatic Conservation. Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. DOI: 10.1002/aqc.2625
Ashton, G.V., Davidson, I.D., Ruiz, G.M. (2013). Transient small boats as a long-distance coastal vector for dispersal of biofouling organisms. Estuaries and Coasts 37:1572-1581
Williams, S. et al. including Ashton, G.V. (2013). Managing Multiple Vectors. Bioscience 63:952-966

Prof. Antonio Brante 
Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Chile
Antonio is a  professor at the Universidad Catolica de la Santísima. Concepcion, Chile, and Director of the Centro de Investigacion en Biodiversidad y Ambientes Sustentables ( CIBAS). His main research interests are focused in three research areas: molecular ecology of marine and freshwater species; evolution of life history strategies of aquatic invertebrates; and perturbartion and resilience in aquatic systems.

Fuentes, K., Brante, A. (2014.) Megadisturbances and ecological recovery in the intertidal zone: the role of the interspecific competition between bioengineer mussel species. Marine Ecology Progress Series 515: 161-172.

Valderrama-Aravena, N., Pérez-Araneda, K., Avaria-Llautureo, J., Hernández, C.E., Lee, M., Brante, A. (2014). Diversity of marine nematodes from Continental and Antarctic Chile: A morphological and molecular assessment. Revista de Biología Marina y Oceanografía. 49:147-155.

Brante, A., Fernández, M., Viard, F. (2011). Microsatellite evidence for sperm storage and multiple paternity in the marine gastropod Crepidula coquimbensis. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 396: 83-88.