The annual GeoHab (Marine Geological and Biological Habitat Mapping) Conference was held this year in Wellington, New Zealand, and hosted by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). With the theme ‘Characterisation, Quantification and Diversity of Extreme Habitats’, delegates from around the world presented posters and seminars highlighting the latest seabed mapping research.
I presented a seminar titled ‘Physical controls on deep-water coral communities on the George V margin, East Antarctica’. This research focused on the physical environmental factors that may strongly influence the distribution of cold-water corals in Antarctica.
This research was the result of the Collaborative East Antarctic Marine Census (CEAMARC), conducted as series of joint Australian/French/Japanese expeditions to Antarctica in 2007 to 2008, and as part of the International Polar Year (IPY).