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Presentation given at the 2003 Deep-Sea Biology Symposium on the Isopod species richness of the Gulf of Mexico.

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Biodiversity and Assemblage Structure 


My research at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography has led to numerous discoveries of the high diversity of Isopod crustaceans in the deep sea. An example of research:  the species richness of the Gulf of Mexico. See publications:


Wilson, G.D.F. (2017) Macrofauna abundance, species diversity and turnover at three sites in the Clipperton-Clarion Fracture Zone. Marine Biodiversity, 47, 323-347. 


Wilson G. D. F. 2008. Local and Regional diversity of benthic Isopoda (Crustacea) in the deep Gulf of Mexico. Deep-Sea Research Part II, Topical Studies in Oceanography 55: 2634-2649.


Wei C.-L., Rowe G.T., Hubbard G.F., Scheltema A.H., Wilson G. D. F. , Petrescu I., Foster J.M., Wicksten M.K., Chen M., Davenport R., Soliman Y., Wang Y. 2010. Bathymetric zonation of deep-sea macrofauna in relation to export of surface phytoplankton production. Marine Ecology Progress Series 399, 1-14.

Schotte M., Markham J. C., Wilson G. D. F. 2009. Isopoda (Crustacea) of the Gulf of Mexico. In: Felder, D.L. and Camp D. (editors), "Gulf of Mexico - Its Origins, Waters, and Biota: Biodiversity", pp. 973-986. Volume 1, Biodiversity. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, Texas.

Biodiversity projects

  • 2008: collaboration with D.E. Thistle, Florida State University, USA National Science Foundation, collaboration in project "Species Ranges In the Deep Sea"

  • 2007: “Campos Basin Deep-sea Environmental Project” (OCEAPROF) coordinated by CENPES/PETROBRAS, Brazil; workshop at Museu National, Univ. Federal de Rio di Janiero, Brazil.

  • 2005-2006: Australia Department of the Environment and Heritage–Marine Division, project title: “Arafura Sea Biological Survey, R/V Southern Surveyor Voyage 05-2005 (30 April - 28 May 2005)”

  • 2002-2004: Australian Museum Science Centre Funding, project title: “Invertebrate Biodiversity of Algal Substrates”

  • 1995-1998: Federal Airports Corporation, project title: “A Post-impact Monitoring Study of Benthic Fauna in Areas Dredged for the Third Parallel Runway in Botany Bay”

  • 1994. Federal Airports Corporation, project title: “Botany Bay Pilot Recolonisation Study. Final Report. Sydney, Australian Museum” (Project leader)

  • 1992-1993: Federal Airports Corporation, project title: “Australian Museum Biological Survey of Botany Bay - Phase I, Predredging Survey of Botany Bay” (Project leader)

  • 1989-1991: NOAA contract "Biological Evaluation of a Preservational Reserve Area and comparison with other areas"

  • 1988-1990: NOAA contract "Manganese Nodule Mining Impact Investigations" US$839,687. 1987-1988: Oregon State Univ. "Continuing analysis of benthic invertebrate species data from the North Equatorial Pacific"; 1987: "Tanaidacea from DOMES site C"

  • 1984-1987: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) subcontract from Oregon State University "Structure of the Crustacean Fauna at DOMES site A"

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