Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, USA
8 - 12 September 2008
Organized by Lisa Levin
From 8 to 12 September, 34 scientists met at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (La Jolla, California, USA) to work on the roles of the habitat heterogeneity in generating and maintaining continental margin biodiversity. For this workshop, organized by Dr Lisa Levin, all participants had provided an extended abstract of a case study illustrating one or several of the six sets of questions addressed by the workshop:
On the first day, for each of these set of questions, a summary of the extended abstracts was prepared and presented respectively by Drs Andrew Gooday, Ann Vanreusel, Lisa Levin (on behalf of Ron Etter), Angelika Brandt, Roberto Danovaro and Craig Smith. These talks and the discussions that followed set the stage for the following four days, which were dedicated to discussion and synthesis on the known and unknown related to these questions.
The questions were addressed in breaking groups in two different ways, either individually and across habitats or collectively within five major habitats: open slope, canyons, cold seeps, oxygen minimum zones and biogenous structures (e.g. coral reefs). Each day, plenary sessions allowed discussing and synthesizing the progress made in breaking groups.
The workshop highlighted the need for new analytical tools and meta-analyses both within habitats across regions and between habitats. The workshop thus is going to foster and speed up the process of data integration for COMARGE.