Denise Swanborn

Denise Swanborn

Postgraduate Student

I am interested in understanding the relationship between seabed topographic structure and the occurrence and distribution of deep benthic habitats. Because operational, logistic and technical challenges limit extensive sampling in this environment, our knowledge on the drivers of biodiversity is limited.  My DPhil project combines seabed mapping and seascape ecology to contribute to an understanding of the multi-scale effects of seabed topography on biodiversity in the Indian Ocean. For this work I am collaborating with the Nekton Foundation. I am funded by NERC through the Oxford Environmental Research Doctoral Training Partnership, the Nekton Foundation and the Institute of Marine Science, Engineering and Technology (IMarEST).

Supervisors:

  • Dr Lucy Woodall (Department of Zoology, Marine Ecology and Research Group)
  • Professor Anthony Watts
  • Dr. Veerle Huvenne (National Oceanography Centre)
  • Dr. Simon Pittman (University of Plymouth).