About INDEEP - International network for scientific investigation of deep-sea ecosystems

Description of project

The aim of the International Network for Scientific Investigations of Deep-Sea Ecosystems (INDEEP) is to develop and synthesise our understanding of deep-sea global biodiversity and functioning and provide a framework to bridge the gap between scientific results and society to aid in the formation of sustainable management strategies.

The INDEEP programme, funded by the Total Foundation for the first six years from 2011 to 2016, was launched in December 2010 with a kick-off meeting in New Orleans, attended by 41 participants representing 16 different countries. We gratefully acknowledge the Total Foundation and Census of Marine Life projects ChEss, COMARGE, CeDAMar, CenSeam and EuroCoML for funding this first meeting.  

During this meeting, research priorities for the INDEEP community and the need to ensure fluent communication amongst all stakeholders and parties with interests in the deep ocean were discussed. As a result, INDEEP aims to bring together and help coordinate research and communication efforts from across the globe through working groups targeting the following topics:

1.     Taxonomy and Evolution

2.     Biodiversity and Biogeography

3.     Population Connectivity

4.     Ecosystem Function

5.     Anthropogenic Impact and Science Policy (please note, this WG was disbanded in INDEEP Phase 2)


The INDEEP office is run by Dr Maria Baker (Uni. Southampton, UK) at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. The programme is managed by a Steering Committee composed of the Principal Investigators and Oversight Committee:


Dr  Maria Baker,  Uni of  Southampton  (UK) (Project Manager)
Dr  Eva  Ramirez-Llodra,  Institut  de  Ciències  del Mar,  CSIC  (Spain)
Dr  Lenaick  Menot,  Ifremer-Brest  (France)
Dr  Bhavani Narayanaswamy,  SAMS (UK)

Prof  Paul  Tyler,  University  of  Southampton,  (UK) (Chair)
Prof  Craig  Smith,  University  of  Hawaii  (USA)  
Dr  Malcolm  Clark,  NIWA (NZ)  
Prof  Robert  Carney,  Louisiana  State  University  (USA)
Prof  Myriam  Sibuet,  Institut  Océanographique  de  Paris  (France)

Each working group is led by international scientists that coordinate activities addressing INDEEP objectives. Activities within the working groups are developed by a large number of scientistis from around the globe.

    Taxonomy and evolution (WG Leaders: Adrian Glover, UK and Tammy Horton, UK)
    Global biodiversity and biogeography (WG Leaders: Tim O’Hara, Australia and Derek Tittensor, Canada)
    Population connectivity (WG Leaders: Anna Metaxas, Canada, Eva Ramirez-Llodra, Norway and Ana Hilario)
    Ecosystem function (WG Leaders: Andrew Thurber, USA and Andrew Sweetman, Norway)

INDEEP now has over 800 members representing 43 different countries.

Hosting  Institutions: University  of  Southampton, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK & IFREMER, France

Duration  of  project:  6 years  initially (funded by the Total Foundation),  with  a  view  to  continuing  via  other  funding  sources.


Further information

For further information, see our WG pages and contact Maria in the INDEEP Office: mb11@noc.soton.ac.uk