• A Blueprint for an Inclusive, Global Deep-Sea Ocean Decade Field Program 

      Howell, Kerry L.; Hilário, Ana; Allcock, A. Louise; Bailey, David M; Baker, Maria; Clark, Malcolm R.; Colaço, Ana; Copley, Jon; Cordes, Erik; Danovaro, Roberto; Dissanayake, Awantha; Escobar, Elva; Esquete, Patricia; Gallagher, Austin J; Gates, Andrew R.; Gaudron, Sylvie M.; German, Christopher R.; Gjerde, Kristina M; Higgs, Nicholas D.; Le Bris, Nadine; Levin, Lisa A.; Manea, Elisabetta; McClain, Craig; Menot, Lenaick; Mestre, Nélia C.; Metaxas, Anna; Milligan, Rosanna J; Muthumbi, Agnes WN; Narayanaswamy, Bhavani E.; Ramalho, Sofia P.; Ramirez-Llodra, Eva; Robson, Laura M; Rogers, Alex D.; Sellanes, Javier; Sigwart, Julia D.; Sink, Kerry; Snelgrove, Paul V. R.; Stefanoudis, Paris V.; Sumida, Paulo Y.; Taylor, Michelle L.; Thurber, Andrew R.; Vieira, Rui P; Watanabe, Hiromi K.; Woodall, Lucy C.; Xavier, Joana R. (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2020)
      The ocean plays a crucial role in the functioning of the Earth System and in the provision of vital goods and services. The United Nations (UN) declared 2021–2030 as the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. ...
    • Community Composition and Habitat Characterization of a Rock Sponge Aggregation (Porifera, Corallistidae) in the Cantabrian Sea 

      Ríos, Pilar; Prado, Elena; Correia De Carvalho, Francisca; Sánchez, Francisco; Rodríguez-Basalo, Augusto; Xavier, Joana R.; Ibarrola, Teodoro P.; Cristobo, Javier (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2020)
      Deep-sea sponge-dominated communities are complex habitats considered hotspots of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. They are classified as Vulnerable Marine Ecosystem and are listed as threatened or declining as a ...
    • A framework for the development of a global standardised marine taxon reference image database (SMarTaR-ID) to support image-based analyses 

      Howell, Kerry L.; Davies, Jaime S.; Allcock, Louise; Braga-Henriques, Andreia; Buhl-Mortensen, Pål; Carreiro-Silva, Marina; Dominguez-Carrio, Carlos; Durden, Jennifer M.; Foster, Nicola L.; Game, Chloe A.; Hitchin, Becky; Horton, Tammy; Hosking, Brett; Jones, Daniel O.B.; Mah, Christopher L.; Laguionie Marchais, Claire; Menot, Lenaick; Morato, Telmo; Pearman, Tabitha R.R.; Ross, Rebecca; Ruhl, Henry A.; Saeedi, Hanieh; Stefanoudis, Paris V.; Taranto, Gerald H.; Thompson, Michael B.; Taylor, James R.; Tyler, Paul A.; Vad, Johanne; Victorero, Lissette; Vieira, Rui P.; Woodall, Lucy C.; Xavier, Joana R.; Wagner, Daniel (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2019-12-31)
      Video and image data are regularly used in the field of benthic ecology to document biodiversity. However, their use is subject to a number of challenges, principally the identification of taxa within the images without ...
    • Genetic diversity, connectivity and gene flow along the distribution of the emblematic Atlanto-Mediterranean sponge Petrosia ficiformis (Haplosclerida, Demospongiae) 

      Riesgo, Ana; Taboada, Sergi; Pérez-Portela, Rocío; Melis, Paolo; Xavier, Joana R.; Blasco, Gema; Lopez-Legentil, Susanna (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2019-01-16)
      Background: Knowledge about the distribution of the genetic variation of marine species is fundamental to address species conservation and management strategies, especially in scenarios with mass mortalities. In the ...
    • Glass sponge grounds on the Scotian Shelf and their associated biodiversity 

      Hawkes, Nickolas James; Korabik, Michelle; Beazley, Lindsay; Rapp, Hans Tore; Xavier, Joana R.; Kenchington, Ellen (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2019)
      Emerald Basin on the Scotian Shelf off Nova Scotia, Canada, is home to a globally unique population of the glass sponge Vazella pourtalesi. Through the analysis of both in situ photographs and trawl catch data from annual ...
    • Macro and Microstructural Characteristics of North Atlantic Deep-Sea Sponges as Bioinspired Models for Tissue Engineering Scaffolding 

      Martins, Eva; Rapp, Hans Tore; Xavier, Joana R.; Diogo, Gabriela S.; Reis, Rui L.; Silva, Tiago H. (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2021)
      Sponges occur ubiquitously in the marine realm and in some deep-sea areas they dominate the benthic communities forming complex biogenic habitats – sponge grounds, aggregations, gardens and reefs. However, deep-sea sponges ...
    • Molecular Phylogeny of the Astrophorida (Porifera, Demospongiaep) Reveals an Unexpected High Level of Spicule Homoplasy 

      Cárdenas, Paco; Xavier, Joana R.; Reveillaud, Julie; Schander, Christoffer; Rapp, Hans Tore (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2011-04-08)
      Background: The Astrophorida (Porifera, Demospongiaep) is geographically and bathymetrically widely distributed. Systema Porifera currently includes five families in this order: Ancorinidae, Calthropellidae, Geodiidae, ...
    • On a hexactinellid sponge aggregation at the Great Meteor seamount (North-east Atlantic) 

      Xavier, Joana R.; Tojeira, Inês; Van Soest, Rob W.M. (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2015-11)
      Hexactinellids or glass sponges constitute a predominantly deep-sea sponge group typically occurring at bathyal and abyssal depths. Some species form dense populations along the European and African continental slope but ...
    • Rock sponges (lithistid Demospongiae) of the Northeast Atlantic seamounts, with description of ten new species 

      Correia De Carvalho, Francisca; Cárdenas, Paco; Ríos, Pilar; Cristobo, Javier; Rapp, Hans Tore; Xavier, Joana R. (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2020)
      Background Lithistid demosponges, also known as rock sponges, are a polyphyletic group of sponges which are widely distributed. In the Northeast Atlantic (NEA), 17 species are known and the current knowledge on their ...