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Current Research Projects


Antarctic Subglacial Fluxes

As the climate warms, the Antarctic subglacial environment is changing in dynamic, unpredictable ways. We are working to discover how these changes are impacting the surrounding ocean environment and also improve our observational capabilities of this rapidly changing system. 


The Fate of Gases in the Marine Environment

Coupling biogeochemical, ecological and water column acoustic measurements, we are working to expand our understanding of the fate of gases (from features like seafloor seeps) in the marine environment, and how this impacts ecosystem function. This includes expanding our temporal and spatial scales of understanding and better capturing downstream processes. 


Changing Marine Carbon Cycles

With projects that span the coastal zone, we are exploring how direct human impacts (e.g. physical disturbance and pollution) and climate impacts are changing the rates of carbon sequestration in the marine environment. 


18. Seabrook, S., MacKay, K., Watson, S., Clare, M., Hunt, J., Yeo, I., Lane, E., Clark, M., Wysoczanski, R., Rowden, A., Hoffmann, L., Armstrong, E., Williams, M. (pre-print) Volcanoclastic density currents explain far-reaching and diverse seafloor impacts of the 2022 Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai eruption. Nature Communications.

17.  Seabrook, S., Baumberger, T., Butterfield, D., Rowe, K., Thurber, A. R. (in revision) Drivers of biogeochemical variance across methane seeps in the Northeast Pacific. Limnology and Oceanography.

16. Seabrook, S., Correa, A., Messyaz, A., Grupstra, C., Howe-Kerr, L., Schmeltzer, E., McConnell, K., Vega Thurber, R., Thurber, A. (pre-print) Coral Bleaching Transforms Local Carbon Cycling: A Positive Feedback Loop That Accelerates Reef Decline.

15. Rotjan, R. D., Bell, K. L., Huber, J. A., Wheat, C. G., Fisher, A. T., Sylvan, R. L., Seabrook, S.... & Orcutt, B. N. (2023). COBRA Master Class: Providing deep-sea expedition leadership training to accelerate early career advancement. Frontiers in Marine Science, 10.

14. Ribó, M., Watson, S. J., Novikova, N. I., Deppeler, S., Seabrook, S., Hale, R., & Strachan, L. J. (2023). Microplastic pollution distribution: Differences between marine reserves and urbanised areas. Continental Shelf Research, 267, 105115.

13. Clare, M. A., Yeo, I. A., Watson, S., Wysoczanski, R., Seabrook, S., Mackay, K., ... & Williams, M. (2023). Fast and destructive density currents created by ocean-entering volcanic eruptions. Science, 381(6662), 1085-1092.


12. Howe-Kerr, L. I., Grupstra, C. G., Rabbitt, K. M., Conetta, D., Coy, S. R.,...  Seabrook, S.,..& Correa, A. M. (2023). Viruses of a key coral symbiont exhibit temperature-driven productivity across a reefscape. ISME communications, 3(1), 27.

11. Levin, L., et al. (2023) Deep-sea Impacts of Climate Interventions. Science.

10. Cummings, S., Bellucci, L.M.A., Seabrook, S., Raineault, N.A., McPhail, K.L. and Thurber, A.R., 2023. Variations and gradients between methane seep and off-seep microbial communities in a submarine canyon system in the Northeast Pacific. PeerJ, 11, p.e15119.

9. Horvart, C., Bisson, K., Seabrook, S., Cristi, A., Matthes, L. (2022) Phytoplankton Blooms Under Antarctic Sea Ice. Frontiers.

8. Watson, S. Ribo, M., Seabrook, S., Hale, R., Strachan, L., (2022) Anchoring by high-tonnage vessels: a global driver of seabed damage. Scientific Reports

7. Turco, F., Ladroit, Y., Seabrook, S., Crutchley G., Watson S., Mountjoy J., Gorman, A., Law, C., Pecher I., Hillman J., Woelz, S., (2022) Estimates of methane release from gas seeps at the southern Hikurangi Margin, New Zealand. Frontiers of Earth Science.

6. Currie, A.A., Marshall, A.J., Lohrer, A.M., Cummings, V.J., Seabrook, S., Cary, S.C. (2021) Sea ice dynamics drive sediment microbial communities in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Global Change Biology.    

5. Levin, L., Holland, E., Gallo, N., Seabrook, S., Guerra, N. (2021) Ocean Commitments under Ocean Dialogue Convention, UNFCCC. Climate Policy.

4. Thurber, A., Seabrook, S., Welsh, R. (2020) Riddles in the Cold: Antarctic Endemism and Microbial Succession impact methane cycling in the Southern Ocean. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 287, 1931

3. Darr, K., East, J., Seabrook, S., Dundas, S., Thurber, A., (2020) The Deep Sea and Me: Using a Science Centre Exhibit to Promote Lasting Public Literacy and Elucidate Public Perception of the Deep Sea. Frontiers in Marine Science.

2. Seabrook, S., C. De Leo, F., Thurber, A. (2019) Flipping for Food: Use of a methane seep by Tanner Crabs (Chionoecetes tanneri). Frontiers in Marine Science, 6, 43.

1. Seabrook, S., C. De Leo, F., Baumberger, T., Raineault, N., Thurber, A. R. (2018) Heterogeneity of methane seep biomes in the Northeast Pacific. Deep Sea Research Part II Topical Studies in Oceanography, 150, 195-209. doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2017.10.016

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