Biodiversity Information

Team

Dr. Hanieh Saeedi
Coordinator

Data Manager Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS), Deep Sea Node, UNESCO

Chair Data Quality Control Task Team, OBIS

Research interests

I am interested in understanding the driving factors (ecological and evolutionary process) which shape the biodiversity patterns and biogeography in marine species (shallow and deep sea) using big data. In addition, I am interested in predicting how these biodiversity patterns and species distribution ranges will shift under future climate change. I am also the OBIS (Ocean Biogeographic Information System) deep-sea node data manager in UNESCO, specialised in managing big datasets, biodiversity data standards, and quality control tasks. To carry out my research, I use different skillsets and apply different methods and techniques such as taxonomy (morphology and molecular), phylogeny, biogeography, big-data management, biodiversity informatics, macroecology, and species distribution modeling and ecological modeling.

At the moment, I am leading projects in digitisation of museum collections, biogeography, biodiversity informatics using big-data at the regional (e.g. NW Pacific) and global scales. I also work for science-policy intergovernmental bodies such as IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) to provide fundamental information for biodiversity assessment reports in a response to policy makers to better understand the global status of biodiversity in the World Oceans and consequently to establish more efficient strategic management plans to maintain the Ocean Biodiversity.

Current research projects

  • Biogeography of the NW Pacific deep-sea fauna and their possible future invasions into the Arctic Ocean (Beneficial Project)
  • Estimating the global future shift patterns of shallow-water and deep-sea Crustacea
  • Biodiversity and biogeography of molluscs along the NW Pacific and the Arctic Ocean
  • Biodiversity and future distributions of corals along the NW Pacific and the Arctic Ocean
  • Biogeography of marine species richness and impact of climate change
  • IPBES thematic assessment of invasive alien species and their control

Student opportunities

Various research projects for postdocs, PhDs, MSc and BSc students as well as for short internships are available this year and all year round. These opportunities are mostly in the field of biogeography, ecology, biodiversity informatics, and ecological modeling. Further Postdoc and PhD projects can also be discussed and jointly developed. Please contact me for more details.

Teaching

I have more than 15 years of international experience in teaching and supervising students from high school to MSc. Programs.

Short CV

Selected publications

Saeedi, H., Simoes, M., Brandt, A. (2020). Biodiversity and distribution patterns of deep-sea fauna along the temperate NW Pacific. Progress in Oceanography, 183: 102296. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2020.102296.

Saeedi, H., Simoes, M., Brandt, A. (2019). Endemicity and community composition of marine species along the NW Pacific and the adjacent Arctic Ocean. Progress in Oceanography. Progress in Oceanography, 178: 102199. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2019.102199.

Saeedi, H., Costello, M. J., Warren, D., Brandt, A. (2019). Latitudinal and bathymetrical species richness patterns in the NW Pacific and adjacent Arctic Ocean. Scientific Reports, 9:9303. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-45813-9.

Saeedi, H., Reimer, D. J., Brandt, J. M., Dumais, P. O., Jażdżewska, M. A., Jeffery, W. N., Thielen, M. P. (2019). Global marine biodiversity and prediction in the context of achieving the Aichi Targets: ways forward and addressing data gaps. Peerj, 7: e7221. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.7221.

Saeedi, H., Bernardino A. F., Shimabukuro M., Falchetto G., & Sumida P. Y. G (2019). Macrofaunal community structure and biodiversity patterns based on a wood-fall experiment in the deep South-west Atlantic. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 145:73-82.

Saeedi, H. & Costello M. J. (2019). A world dataset on the geographic distributions of Solenidae razor clams (Mollusca: Bivalvia). Biodiversity Data Journal, 7:e31375. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.7.e31375.

Saeedi, H., Kamrani, E., Shayesteh, F., Nordhaus, I., Diele, K., Raeisi, H. (2018). Sediment Temperature Impact on Population Structure and Dynamics of the Crab Austruca iranica Pretzmann, 1971 (Crustacea: Ocypodidae) in Subtropical Mangroves of the Persian Gulf. Wetlands, 38(3): 539–549.

Saeedi, H., Costello, M. J. and Dennis, T. (2017). Modelling present and future global distributions of razor clams (Bivalvia: Solenidae). Helgoland Marine Research, 70: 23.

Chaudhary, C., Saeedi, H., & Costello, M. J. (2017). Marine species richness is bimodal with latitude. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 32(4): P234-237.

Saeedi, H., Costello, M. J. and Dennis, T. (2016). Bimodal latitudinal species richness and high endemicity in razor clams (Mollusca: Bivalvia). Journal of Biogeography. 44(3): 592–604.

Chaudhary, C., Saeedi, H., & Costello, M. J. (2016). Bimodality of latitudinal gradients in marine species richness. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 3(9): 670-676.

Andreas Allspach
Collection manager

In Biosystematic documentation the collection manager is mainly involved in developping the collection management databases SeSam and AQUiLA and the support of users during data entry and capitation.

He is also responsible for the import of data from old spreadsheets like excel, word or access-tables.

The collection manager also lists the users of both SeSam and AQUiLA in a separate users-catalogue, entry and maintaining these lists both for intern and extern Senckenberg SeSam instances and collections.

Support of projects which uses the above mentioned databases as main workbench for data input and processing.

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Dr.  Chhaya Chaudhary
Postdoc

Research Interests

I am a biodiversity analyst interested in the patterns of biodiversity across space and time. I am focusing on the questions relating to the latitudinal, longitudinal, and depth gradient in species diversity and their potential drivers. I am also interested in understanding and quantifying the impact of climate change on species diversity in the past, present and future. In past projects, I have explored the patterns in a variety of taxa, including nearly 50,000 marine species, and 330 genera of ants. The work ranged from exploring spatial gradient to defining biogeographic realms on a global scale. My work in Senckenberg includes habitat suitability modelling to explore species-climate-space dynamics in the NW Pacific and the Arctic Ocean.

Current research projects

Beneficial project- extension phase

  • Marine species distribution range along the NW Pacific and the Arctic Ocean in the present and future

 

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Chhaya_Chaudhary

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

February 2019 –August 2020: Post Doctoral Researcher, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Project Title: Identifying the biogeographic realms using ants’ locations from the GABI (Global Ants Biogeographic Information System) database.

Project Title: Geographic bias in conservation funding allocated to threatened and non- threatened species at a global scale.

May 2014 – February 2019: PhD student, The University of Auckland, Institute of Marine Science

Thesis Title: Global scale distribution of marine species diversity (an analysis of latitudinal and bathymetric gradients)

Jan 2011 – June 2011: Research Intern, Indian Institute of Sciences, Civil Engineering Department

Project Title: Simulation of Spatial Distribution of Aquatic Species on the basis of Water Quality of River Tungabhadra, Karanataka, India.

Project Title: Modelling of Urban Floods in Bangalore City, Karnataka, India.

July 2009 – Dec 2010: Research Trainee, Forest Research Institute, India

Project Title: A review of Waste Water Treatment in North India.

Project Title: Diversity of Alternaria spp. in Forest Research Institute campus using microbiological techniques.

Project Title: Mapping of the Deodar forest in Garhwal division of Uttarakhand, India, with the help of Remote sensing tools.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

March 2017 – February 2019, Teaching Assistant (Marine 202), University of Auckland

July 2015 – February 2019, Exam supervisor, University of Auckland

February 2015, Demonstrator (BioSci 104), University of Auckland

August 2012- August 2013: Lecturer, Sai Institute of Paramedical Sciences, Dehradun, India

ACHIEVEMENTS

The Division of Ecology and Biodiversity PDF Research Award, 2019 by The University of Hong Kong, to fulfil the computational requirements for ants’ biogeographic realms project.

Institute of Marine Science PBRF fund, 2018 by The University of Auckland, to support the paper publications from my PhD thesis.

EMODNET scholarship (for analysing species distribution traits data from WoRMS and OBIS), September 2015 – July 2016; Funded by the Flanders Marine Institute.

The University of Auckland U21 Doctoral Student Mobility Scholarship for 2016: for two months to visit University of Queensland (July – September 2016).

Qualified the examination conducted by CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research)/ UGC (University Grant Commission) (2012) in India for the eligibility for lectureship in Life Sciences.

Merit Scholarship, (July 2010), Forest Research Institute (Deemed) University, India.


SKILLS

Data base management, Data analysis, Species distribution modelling
Databases hands on: OBIS, GBIF, FISHBASE, GMED, GABI.
Software: Arc GIS, R, MySQL, PostgreSQL, SIGMA PLOT, Maxent, SWMM, QUAL2K.

 

Selected publications

Costello, M. J., Tsai, P., Cheung, A. K. L., Basher, Z., & Chaudhary, C. (2018). Reply to ‘Dissimilarity measures affected by richness differences yield biased delimitations of biogeographic realms’. Nature communications, 9(1), 5085. 

Costello, M. J., Tsai, P., Wong, P. S., Cheung, A. K. L., Basher, Z., & Chaudhary, C. (2017). Marine biogeographic realms and species endemicity. Nature Communications, 8(1), 1057.

Costello, M. J., & Chaudhary, C. (2017). Marine Biodiversity, Biogeography, Deep-Sea Gradients, and Conservation. Current Biology, 27(11), R511-R527.

Chaudhary, C., Saeedi, H., & Costello, M. J. (2017). Marine Species Richness Is Bimodal with Latitude: A Reply to Fernandez and Marques. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 32(4), 234-237.

Chaudhary, C., Saeedi, H., & Costello, M. J. (2016). Bimodality of latitudinal gradients in marine species richness. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 31(9), 670-676.

PUBLICATIONS

Costello, M. J., Tsai, P., Cheung, A. K. L., Basher, Z., & Chaudhary, C. (2018). Reply to ‘Dissimilarity measures affected by richness differences yield biased delimitations of biogeographic realms’. Nature communications, 9(1), 5085.

Costello MJ, Arifanti T, Chaudhary C, Jayathilake D, Lin H, Pagès M, Pamungkas J, Saeedi H, Sucharitakul P, Zhao Q. (2018). Mapping marine species richness and endemicity at global scales. PeerJ Preprints 6:e26501v1https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.26501v1

Costello, M. J., Tsai, P., Wong, P. S., Cheung, A. K. L., Basher, Z., & Chaudhary, C. (2017). Marine biogeographic realms and species endemicity. Nature Communications, 8(1), 1057.

Costello, M. J., & Chaudhary, C. (2017). Marine Biodiversity, Biogeography, Deep-Sea Gradients, and Conservation. Current Biology, 27(11), R511-R527.

Chaudhary, C., Saeedi, H., & Costello, M. J. (2017). Marine Species Richness Is Bimodal with Latitude: A Reply to Fernandez and Marques. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 32(4), 234-237.

Chaudhary, C., Saeedi, H., & Costello, M. J. (2016). Bimodality of latitudinal gradients in marine species richness. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 31(9), 670-676.

Chaudhary, C. (2014) Simulation of spatial distribution of fish species in 200 km stretch of Tungabhadra River on the basis of oxygen variability. Journal of Ecosystem and Ecography, 4(2), 1. doi:10.4172/2157-7625.1000143. 

PUBLICATIONS (UNDER REVIEW) 

Chaudhary, C., & Costello, M. J. Latitudinal gradients in marine beta diversity. 

Chaudhary, C., Richardson, A., Schoeman, D., & Costello, M. J. Global latitudinal gradients in benthic and pelagic species change with climate warming.

Costello, M.J., Bates, A., Burrows, M., Chaudhary, C., Edgar, G., Wei, C. L., Stuart-Smith, R., Yasuhara, M., & Corkrey, R.  Biological, ecological and evolutionary significance of 20°C. 

PUBLICATIONS (TO BE SUBMITTED) 

Chaudhary, C., & Guenard, B. Geographic bias in conservation funding allocated to threatened and non- threatened species at a global scale.

Chaudhary, C., Wang, R., Haas, J., Economo, E., & Guenard, B. Biogeographic realms of ants based on taxonomic and phylogenetic beta diversity.

PRESENTATIONS 

June 20- 22, 2018: Presented “The effect of temperature on species diversity and change in latitudinal gradients in species diversity over time”, in the “Role of temperature on marine biodiversity” at the University of Auckland. 

September 25- 28, 2017: Presented “Latitudinal gradients in marine species richness” as a contributed speaker, at International Biogeographic meeting 2017, Bangalore, India. 

August 3, 2016: Presented talk entitled “Latitudinal gradients in marine species richness and its possible reasons”, at CSIRO, Brisbane, Australia.

July 4-8, 2016: Conference talk entitled “Bimodality of latitudinal gradients in marine species richness”, at GEO BON Open Science Conference and all Hands Meeting, Leipzig, Germany

February 9-12, 2016: Poster presented (online) entitled “Bimodality of latitudinal gradients in marine species richness”, at “Species on the move” conference, Tasmania, Australia. 

July 6-9, 2015: Conference talk entitled “Latitudinal gradients in marine species richness at global scale”, at an annual conference associated with the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society hosted by The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

February 6- 7, 2010: Presented poster entitled “Waste Water Treatment in North India” in 2nd Rashtriya Yuva Vaigyanik Sammelan – 2010 hosted by Doon University, Dehradun.

November10-12, 2010: Presented poster entitled “Diversity of Alternaria in Forest Research Institute Campus using Microbiological Techniques”, at 5th Uttarakhand State Science and Technology Congress- 2010 conference hosted by Doon University, Dehradun.

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Joan Alfaro-Lucas
Postdoc

I am a community ecologist interested in the patterns of multiple facets of biodiversity and their drivers, and how human activities may change them, especially but not exclusively in the deep sea. This includes not only species but functional diversity and the compositional change in species and functional entities along space and time.

Personal site: https://alfarolucas.wixsite.com/deepecology

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.es/citations?user=-d2DF1sAAAAJ&hl=en&authuser=1

Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/JOAN_MANEL_ALFARO_LUCAS

Current research project

Beneficial Project – Extension phase:

  • Species richness patterns and compositional species change (β-diversity) of shallow and deep-sea fauna of the NW Pacific and Arctic Ocean along latitude and depth gradient
  • Biogeography of the shallow and deep-sea fauna of the NW Pacific and Arctic Ocean.

Professional experience:
Postdoc Researcher Angelika Brandt Lab, Senckenberg Research Institute, Germany.
September 2020-Current.
Role: Beneficial Project: extension phase. Creation of marine Arctic & NW Pacific species occurrences databases. Data analyses including biogeography and biodiversity analyses along latitude and depth gradients.

Education:
Ph.D. Marine Ecology University of Bretagne Occidentale (UBO) & French Institute of Research for the Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer), France.
October 2016-December 2019.
Dissertation: Influence of hydrothermal activity and substratum types on faunal colonization processes in the deep-sea.

M.Sc. Oceanography Oceanographic Institute of the University of São Paulo (IO-USP), Brazil.
March 2013-November 2015.
Specialization: Biological Oceanography.
Thesis: Community structure and ecology of the worldwide deepest and first deep-sea Atlantic whale-fall community: implications for the stepping-stone hypothesis and whale-fall biogeography.

B.A. Biology Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona, Spain.
January 2006–September 2012.
Specialization: Organisms and Systems.
Thesis: Creation and organization of the fish taxonomic collection of the University of Minas Gerais (Brazil).
Others: UAB Overseas Study Program at University of Minas Gerais (UMG), Brazil. Specialization: Ecology. 2011/2012.

Experience:
• R environment (7-year experience) for data analysis, statistical tests & figure creation.
• Species & functional biodiversity analyses including -diversity. Creation & analysis of large databases. Experience with vegan, adespatial, betapart and FD R packages.
• Stable isotope analyses (13C, 15N and 34S) for trophic and niche analyses.
• Sampling of marine fauna (box- & multi-corer, landers). Sorting & identification of deep-sea taxa.

Peer-reviewed Publications:

Articles

J.M., Alfaro-Lucas, F., Pradillon, D., Zeppilli, L.N., Michel, P., Martinez-Arbizu, H., Tanaka, M., Foviaux, J., Sarrazin. 2020. High environmental stress and productivity enhance functional richness along a deep-sea hydrothermal vent gradient. Ecology 00(00), e03144. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.3144

M., Shimabukuro, O., Carrerette, J.M., Alfaro-Lucas, A.E., Rizzo, K.M., Halanych, P.Y.G., Sumida. 2019. Diversity, distribution and phylogeny of Hesionidae (Annelida) colonizing whale falls: new species of Sirsoe and connections between ocean basins. Frontiers in Marine Science 6, 478. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2019.00478

J.M., Alfaro-Lucas, M., Shimabukuro, I. V., Ogata, Y., Fujiwara, P. Y. G., Sumida. 2018. Trophic structure and chemosynthesis contributions to heterotrophic fauna inhabiting an abyssal whale carcass. Marine Ecology Progress Series 596, 1-12. *Editor’s Feature Article. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12617

M., Shimabukuro, C.S.G., Santos, J.M., Alfaro-Lucas, Y., Fujiwara, P.Y.G., Sumida. 2016. A new eyeless species of Neanthes (Annelida: Nereididae) associated with a whale-fall community from the deep Southwest Atlantic Ocean. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 146, 27-34. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2017.10.013

M., Shimabukuro, A.E., Rizzo, J.M., Alfaro-Lucas, Y., Fujiwara, P.Y.G., Sumida. 2016. Sphaerodoropsis kitazatoi, a new species and the first record of Sphaerodoridae (Annelida: Phyllodocida) in SW Atlantic abyssal sediments around a whale carcass. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 146, 18-26. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2017.04.003

J.M., Alfaro-Lucas, G.D., Ferreira, M., Shimabukuro, H., Kitazato, P.Y.G., Sumida, Y., Fujiwara. 2016. Bone-eating Osedax worms (Annelida: Siboglinidae) regulate biodiversity of deep-sea whale-fall communities. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 146, 4-12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2017.04.011

P.Y.G. Sumida, J. M. Alfaro-Lucas, M. Shimabukuro, H. Kitazato, J.A.A. Perez, A. Soares-Gomes, T. Toyofuku, A. O. S. Lima, K. Ara and Y. Fujiwara. 2016. Deep-sea whale fall fauna from the Atlantic resembles that of the Pacific Ocean. Scientific Reports 6, 22139. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep22139

C.F. Silva, M. Shimabukuro, J.M. Alfaro-Lucas, Y. Fujiwara, P.Y.G. Sumida, A.C.Z. Amaral. 2015. A new Capitella polychaete worm (Annelida: Capitellidae) living inside whale bones in the abyssal South Atlantic. Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 108, 23-31. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr.2015.12.004

Book chapters

M., Shimabukuro, J.M., Alfaro-Lucas, A.F., Bernardino, R.B., Ramos, M.M., Mahiques, P.Y.G., Sumida. 2020. Chemosynthetic ecosystems on the Brazilian deep-sea margin. In book: Brazilian Deep-Sea Biodiversity. P.Y.G Sumida, A.F., Bernardino, & F., De Leo (Eds). Springer, Switzerland. https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030532215

 

Grants & Awards

 

Labex Mer Master II Salary Support Grant (M.Sc. Martin Foviaux)

2018 (€4000)

Dive Deeper Research Bursary – Deep-Sea Biology Society

2020 ($1000)

 

Scholarships:

 

Scholarships for University Studies of the Spanish Ministry of Education

2006/2009/2010 (€3000)

University of Minas Gerais Research Foundation Scholarship

2011 ($700)

Santander Bank Iberoamerica Scholarship

2012 (€3000)

University of São Paulo Teaching Assistant Scholarship (PAE)

2014 ($900)

Brazilian Federal Funding Agency (CNPQ) Scholarship

2013/15 ($16000)

Ifremer Ph.D. full-time contract

2016/19 (€54000)

Labex Mer Scholarship for International Symposiums Attendance

2017 ($1000)

Ifremer Scholarship for Short Specialized Visits

2018 (€1000)

Ifremer Scholarship for International PhD Mobility

2019 (€1000)

 

Presentations at Symposiums: *oral/flash talks only

 

J.M., Alfaro-Lucas, M., Foviaux, D., Zeppilli, F., Pradillon, J., Sarrazin. “The role of environmental filtering on community structure in the vicinity of hydrothermal vents in the Lucky Strike vent field”. 6th Chemosynthesis-Based Ecosystems Symposium, Woods Hole, USA

August 27th-September 1st 2017

J.M., Alfaro-Lucas, M., Foviaux, L.N., Michel, G., Schaal, D., Zeppilli, F., Pradillon, J., Sarrazin. “Environmental conditions, substratum nature and biotic interactions on hydrothermal fauna colonization patterns at Lucky Strike”. 15th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium, Monterey, USA.

September 9th-14th 2018

J.M., Alfaro-Lucas, M., Foviaux, L.N., Michel, G., Schaal, D., Zeppilli, F., Pradillon, J., Sarrazin. “Environmental conditions and substratum nature on hydrothermal fauna colonization patterns at the Lucky Strike vent field”. 3rd Colloque National sur la Biologie et l’Ecologie des Ecosystèmes à base de Chimiosynthèse, Roscoff, France.

November 14th-16th 2018

J.M., Alfaro-Lucas, D., Zeppilli, F., Pradillon, L.N., Michel, P., Martinez-Arbizu, H., Tanaka M., Foviaux, J., Sarrazin. “High environmental stress and productivity increase functional diversity along a deep-sea hydrothermal vent gradient”. InterRidge Theoretical Institute 2019, Banyuls, France.

November 18th-21st 2019

 

Oceanographic Cruises

 

Biosuor project cruises: deployment/recovery of box-core & landers (1500m and 3300m depth) off Brazil on-board the R/V Alpha Crucis (USP) (1st leg) & R/V Almirante Maximiano (Brazilian Navy) (2nd leg). 3000 nautical miles in total. PI: Dr Paulo Sumida.

May 29th-June 7th 2013 & May 18th-May 28th             2015

Bicose II project cruise:  Sample collection & treatment at TAG/Snake Pit hydrothermal vent fields on board the R/V Pouquoi Pas? (Ifremer). Dive with the HOV Nautile (3600m depth). PI: Dr Marie Anne Cambon.

January 28th-March 10th 2018

 

Affiliations/Memberships/Working groups

 

Deep-Sea Biology Society.

2015-Current

Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative (Climate Change WG).

2015-Current

MacroChess InterRidge Working Group: a global, open-source database of deep-sea chemosynthetic ecosystems lead by Dr. Lissette Victorero. Role: leader of organic-fall habitats.

January 2020-Current

 

Reviewer in International Journals

Marine Ecology Progress Series (IF 2.36).

Deep-Sea Research I: Oceanographic Research Papers (IF 2.85).

 

Languages:

Catalan (native), Spanish (bilingual), Portuguese (proficient), French (proficient) & English (proficient).