Census of Marine Life scientists just released an inventory of species distribution and diversity in key global ocean areas. Scientists combined information collected over centuries with data obtained during the decade-long Census to create a roll call of species in 25 biologically representative regions — from the Antarctic through temperate and tropical seas to the Arctic. Their papers help set a baseline for measuring changes that humanity and nature will cause.
The recent Census papers were published as a collection entitled “Marine Biodiversity and Biogeography — Regional Comparisons of Global Issues” in the Public Library of Science. Gulf of Maine scientists, Dr. Lewis Incze and Nicholas Wolff, are co-authors one of these PLoS articles, Overview of Marine Biodiversity in United States Waters by Daphne Fautin et al.
Global biodiversity maps and links to more Census research that appeared in Nature (July 28) can be found in the Wired Science article, Warming of Oceans Will Reduce and Rearrange Marine Life.