Life in the dark reaches of the oceans is a pressure-filled existence, where love lives depend on chance encounters and food consists of a steady rain of dead or dying particles from the sunlit world above. How do organisms cope? Why would anything live in such an inhospitable place? And what strange new creatures are scientists finding here?
Join ScienceLive at the 2012 AAAS Annual Meeting at a special time, 3 p.m. EST Saturday 18 February, as we chat with two experts on the many weird and ingenious ways animals have developed to deal with life in the deep sea.
Bruce Shillito is a biophysicist working at the University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France. His research encompasses two major themes: studying thermal adaptations of marine invertebrates with an emphasis on extreme environments such as hydrothermal vents, and his other area of interest is the development of incubators or sampling cells which allow biologists to simulate pressures in the deep-sea, thereby preserving the integrity of live deep-sea fauna for physiological studies.
Sven Thatje is an evolutionary ecologist working on the evolution of life history adaptations to extreme environments, namely in the polar and deep-sea context. He is an associate professor at the School of Ocean and Earth Science of the University of Southampton, which is hosted by the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK.