January 4, 2024

CIIMAR PhD student joins Seamounts of the Southeast Pacific expedition

Celso Domingos will join a Schmidt Ocean Institute-led expedition in the Southeast Pacific.

Celso Domingos, PhD student at CIIMAR enrolled in the Doctoral Programme in Marine Science, Technology, and Management Science (Do*Mar), and a member of CIIMAR’s Deep-Sea Biodiversity and Conservation team, will be part of an oceanographic expedition in the Southeast Pacific.

The expedition, organized by the Schmidt Ocean Institute and conducted aboard the Research Vessel Falkor (too), will occur between January 8th and February 11th and it will focus on characterizing benthic communities of seamounts along the Salas y Gómez, Nazca y Juan Fernandez ridges.

Using state-of-the-art ocean observation technology, including the ROV SuBastian (capable of diving to depths of 4500 meters), researchers will collect images, samples, and data to study the biodiversity of this region, including the third-largest Marine Protected Area on the planet – the Nazca-Desventuradas Marine Park.

The CIIMAR researcher will contribute with his expertise in taxonomy and systematics of glass sponges (phylum Porifera, class Hexactinellida), which play crucial ecological roles in these deep-sea ecosystems.

The expedition can be followed in real-time via the YouTube channel.