Deep Sea Biology Society Paper of the Year Award for Dr. Lara Macheriotou

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Research by MarBiols latest post-doctoral researcher has been awarded the “Paper of the Year” award by the Deep Sea Biology Society ( which is given on a yearly basis to deep-sea related publications.

The article entitled “Phylogenetic clustering and rarity imply risk of local species extinction in prospective deep-sea mining areas of the Clarion–Clipperton Fracture Zone” was published with Open Access in the journal “Proceedings of the Royal Society B” on April 1st 2020 and was co-authored with Annelien Rigaux, Dr. Sofie Derycke and Prof. Dr. Ann Vanreusel.

The publication offers insights regarding the community structure of abyssal nematode assemblages in the polymetallic nodule fields of the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone in the Equatorial Pacific Ocean.

Based on DNA metabarcoding data, the authors conclude that these nematode communities exhibit high genetic rarity as well as higher co-occurrences and relatedness than expected at random and are as such at a higher risk of local extinction by prospective deep-sea mining operations.

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