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The Benthos Zone

Luis Soto

National Autonomous University of Mexico


Coral Reef Bleaching Coral Symbiosis Coastal Erosion Loss of Habitats Mangroves Coastal Lagoons pH Invertebrate Exoskeletons Methane Biodegradation Oxygen Depletion Benthic Mortality

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The Benthos Zone constitutes that part of the Marine Ecosystem that contains the maximum biodiversity and biomass of the planet Earth. The benthic zone research has received a tremendous acceleration in progress thanks to the use of cutting edge technology such as remotely operated vehicles (ROV), autonomous submersibles and sophisticated molecular techniques that have progressively unraveled the secrets of the marine benthic existence. We are now entering a new and more ambitious research era, studying the processes that make possible existance of life from the coastal zone down to the most inhospitable deep habitats (hydrothermal systems). The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has strongly emphasized the need to assess the risk and vulnerability of coastal and deep-water systems given the predicted global atmospheric warming that can cause changes in the circulation pattern of major ocean currents, surface thermal regime, and the sea level. Our knowledge on the adaptations of organisms exposed to the disturbances described above and on the resilience capacity of the benthic system to global evnironmental change is still limited. Interdisciplinary efforts focused on the assessment of the effects of global scale environmental changes upon benthic communities is a challenging task whose outcome surely would be of interest to specialists and decision-makers.

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About the editor

Luis Soto

National Autonomous University of Mexico

Dr Luis A. Soto is a Biological Oceanographer at the Institute of Marine Sciences and Limnology, UNAM, Mexico. He was the Dean of Graduate Students in the Marine Science Program and is currently the Head of the Benthic Ecology Laboratory. His research interest is focused on the functional ecology of benthic communities inhabiting shallow and deep-waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. His scientific contribution includes 130 peer-reviewed articles, 14 book chapters, two edited books, receiving over 1,600 citations He lead more than 40 ocean surveys supported by national and international research institutions and has served as Consultant on environmental issues to UNESCO, OEA, Guggenheim, Fulbright, Chevron-Texaco, Smithsonian, Philadelphia Academy of Science, Environ.Res. Council, U.K. New genera and species of marine invertebrates have been named after him to honor his scientific career/contribution. He has lead 3 Postdocs, 12 Ph.D., 14 M.Sc., and 12 B.S. He is regular member of the Mexican Academy of Science, Sigma-Xi Society, and holds the highest ranking in the National Research System in Mexico.

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