Dr. Katleen Robert & Dr. Evan Edinger
BSc. Zoology (major), Earth and Ocean Science (minor), National University of Ireland, Galway (2018).
Title of Project:
Determining the factors driving the community ecology of the megabenthic fauna in the Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone.
Research Project Description
The Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone (CGFZ) is a transform fault which spans the entire width of the North Atlantic Ocean. There are two named seamounts on the CGFZ one of which, the Hecate seamount, is within the CGFZ North MPA (Marine Protected Area). The benthic habitats of the Hecate seamount are unprotected as of the OSPAR (Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic) report 2018. I will focus on determining the community composition and what factors drive it using video from ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) transects in the area surrounding the Hecate seamount, which has not yet been surveyed. I will classify the habitats of this area under the OSPAR habitat classification guidelines which can then be used in the future management practices for this area. I am using video collected aboard the RV Celtic Explorer as part of the TOSCA (Tectonic Ocean Spreading at the Charlie-Gibbs Facture Zone) survey in 2018.
• Teaching Assistant, Winter 2020, MUN. Geography 2102: Physical Geography: The Global Perspective.
• 4D Oceans
• Cold-water coral taxonomy
• Community ecology
• Habitat mapping
• Applications of ROV technology