Rachel Downey

About me
 
Antarctic marine biogeographer and taxonomist of Southern Ocean sponges. Research explores the diversity and distribution of all sponges in the high southern latitudes and the sub-Arctic Pacific Ocean. 
 
Projects 
 
ASCCC: Collaborator assessing sponge biodiversity and abundance in the sub-Antarctic, and the role of sponges in carbon accumulation
 
Benthic assemblage change after the Larsen A-B ice-shelf collapseRe-examining the sponge communities of the Weddell Sea and surrounding regions to assess the ecological impacts of the Larsen A-B ice sheet collapse on benthic communities
 
Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern OceanContributing author to the sponge and bryozoa chapters, re-assessing the diversity and biogeography of these important marine animal groups
 
Abyssal Benthic Diversity in the NW Pacific Ocean: Assess and understand the abyssal benthic diversity and connectivity of the Sea of Japan, the Kuril-Kamchatka abyssal plain, Sea of Okhotsk, and the Kuril-Kamchatka Trench

Recent Publications

Barnes, D.K.A., Sands, C.J., Hogg, O.T., Robinson, B.J.O., Downey,  R.V., Smith, J.A. (2016). Biodiversity signature of the Last Glacial Maximum at South Georgia, Southern Ocean. Journal of Biogeography. DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12855

Morley, S.A.,  Berman, J., Barnes, D.K.A., de Juan Carbonell, C., Downey, R.V., Peck, L.S. (2016). Extreme Phenotypic Plasticity in Metabolic Physiology of Antarctic Demosponges. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution: DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2015.00157
 
Downey, R.V., Janussen, D. (2015). New insights into the abyssal sponge fauna of the Kurile–Kamchatka plain and trench region (Northwest Pacific). Deep-Sea Research II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 111, 34-43.
 
Barnes, D.K.A., Downey, R.V. (2014). Bryozoa. In: De Broyer C., Koubbi P., Griffiths H.J., Raymond B., Udekem d’Acoz C. d’, et al. (eds.). Biogeographic Atlas of the
Southern Ocean. Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, Cambridge, pp. 195-199.
 
Janussen, D., Downey, R.V. (2014). Porifera. In: De Broyer C., Koubbi P., Griffiths H.J., Raymond B., Udekem d’Acoz C. d’, et al. (eds.). Biogeographic Atlas of the
Southern Ocean. Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, Cambridge, pp. 94-102.
 
Downey, R.V., Griffiths, H.J., Linse, K., Janussen, D. (2012). Diversity and Distribution Patterns in High Southern Latitude Sponges. PLOS ONE 7(7):E41672. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0041672

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