5. New Perceptions of Continental Margin Biodiversity

  1. Alasdair D. McIntyre
  1. Lenaick Menot1,2,
  2. Myriam Sibuet2,
  3. Robert S. Carney2,
  4. Lisa A. Levin3,
  5. Gilbert T. Rowe4,
  6. David S. M. Billett5,
  7. Gary Poore6,
  8. Hiroshi Kitazato7,
  9. Ann Vanreusel8,
  10. Joëlle Galéron1,
  11. Helena P. Lavrado9,
  12. Javier Sellanes10,
  13. Baban Ingole11 and
  14. Elena Krylova12

Published Online: 23 NOV 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444325508.ch5

Life in the World's Oceans: Diversity, Distribution, and Abundance

Life in the World's Oceans: Diversity, Distribution, and Abundance

How to Cite

Menot, L., Sibuet, M., Carney, R. S., Levin, L. A., Rowe, G. T., Billett, D. S. M., Poore, G., Kitazato, H., Vanreusel, A., Galéron, J., Lavrado, H. P., Sellanes, J., Ingole, B. and Krylova, E. (2010) New Perceptions of Continental Margin Biodiversity, in Life in the World's Oceans: Diversity, Distribution, and Abundance (ed A. D. McIntyre), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444325508.ch5

Editor Information

  1. The University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    DEEP/LEP, Ifremer, BP 70, 29280 Plouzane, France

  2. 2

    Institut Océanographique, Paris, France

  3. 3

    Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Integrative Oceanography Division, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, California 92093-0218, USA

  4. 4

    Texas A & M University, Galveston, Texas 77553, USA

  5. 5

    National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, Empress Dock, European Way, Southampton SO14 3ZH, UK

  6. 6

    Museum Victoria, GPO Box 666E, Melbourne, Australia

  7. 7

    Institute of Biogeosciences, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, 2-15 Natsushimacho, Yokosuka 237-0061, Japan

  8. 8

    Marine Biology Section, Ghent University, Ledeganckstraat 35, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium

  9. 9

    Marine Biology Department, UFRJ Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  10. 10

    Facultad de Ciencias del Mar, Universidad Católica del Norte, Larrondo 1281, Coquimbo, Chile

  11. 11

    National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula – 403 004, Goa, India

  12. 12

    P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences, 117997 Moscow, Russia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 NOV 2010
  2. Published Print: 8 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405192972

Online ISBN: 9781444325508



  • new perceptions of continental margin biodiversity;
  • Census of Marine Life, synergetic approaches to assess and explain diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the ocean;
  • COMARGE science plan, finalized during a community workshop held in 2006;
  • habitat heterogeneity-generating and maintaining continental margin biodiversity;
  • COMARGE, to evaluate and understand relations between habitat heterogeneity and diversity;
  • heterogeneity acts in a hierarchical scale-influencing margin diversity;
  • models underlying heterogeneity-diversity relation;
  • zonation and distribution on continental margins;
  • human influence on continental margin ecosystems;
  • first comprehensive map-of footprint of human activities on northeast Atlantic margins


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction: Diversity Re-examined as Slope Complexity is Disclosed

  • Roles of Habitat Heterogeneity in Generating and Maintaining Continental Margin Biodiversity

  • Spatial Trends in Biodiversity

  • Human Influence on Continental Margin Ecosystems

  • Achievements and Perspectives: The Unknown Aspects of Margin Biodiversity

  • Acknowledgments

  • References