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Name of Collaboratory :


Census of Diversity of Abyssal Marine Life (CeDAMar)


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Collaboratory Status :

Completed   Start Date : 2000 End Date : 2010 Info Last Updated : Fri, Dec 2 2011 3:01am PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Community Data Systems  

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

  Distributed Research Center  

Domain(s) :

  EARTH, ATMOSPHERIC, AND OCEAN SCIENCES >Oceanography >Marine Sciences  

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


The Census of Diversity of Abyssal Marine Life (CeDAMar) is a field project of the Census of Marine Life that studies the species diversity of one of the largest and most inaccessible environments on the planet, the abyssal plain. CeDAMar uses data to create an estimation of global species diversity and provide a better understanding of the history of deep-sea fauna, including its present diversity and dependence on environmental parameters. CeDAMar initiatives aim to identify centers of high biodiversity useful for planning both commercial and conservation efforts, and are able to be used in future studies on the effects of climate change on the deep sea.

As of May 2009, participation by upwards of 56 institutions in 17 countries has resulted in the publication of nearly 300 papers. Results of CeDAMar-related research were also published in a 2010 textbook on deep-sea biodiversity by Michael Rex and Ron Etter, members of CeDAMar's Scientific Steering Committee.

The Census was organized into 9 projects, each one centered in a particular geographic area.

This was a successful project that made some important discoveries about the diversity of abyssal marine life.

Part of the MarBOL collaboratory.


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Access to Information Resources :

  They developed a database of findings that was accessible through their Website, but is no longer accessible.  

Access to People as Resources :

  The CeDAMar taxonomic exchange is a fellowship program for taxonomists around the world, offering them the possibility to visit foreign institute for a few weeks. This enables them to work in close colaboration with their collegues situated at the guest institute, solve taxonomic questions or examine cruise material that might be stored there.

Usually, the stays are between one and two months long and the grant will cover costs for travel, accomodation and subsistance up to 2000 Euros.

Funding Agency or Sponsor :

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences (Rutgers) (IMCS)

Notes on Funding Agencies/Sponsors:
One of their publications acknowledges: "National science foundations in many nations are thanked for their financial support of the research done during CeDAMar projects..."


Notes on Participants/Organizations:
The Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) of CeDAMar consists of 20 biologists of different nations, including the two project leaders Pedro Martínez Arbizu and Craig Smith.

The committee provides scientific advice, brings up and evaluates new ideas for the future and supervises the progress and direction of CeDAMar activities. Doing so, it links scientists of different fields and countries. Members meet once a year for two or three days.


Communications Technology Used :

  They organized and held several workshops during the project.  

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