Our oceans make up a majority of the habitable volume of the planet, most of which exists in the deep sea, yet they are vastly under-explored. Technological advancements over the past century have expanded ocean exploration capabilities while simultaneously enabling resource exploitation. Resource extraction, over-fishing, and the use of invasive and destructive techniques have detrimental repercussions on marine ecosystems. Impacts are further exacerbated by the environmental alterations brought about by anthropogenic-induced global climate change and ocean- acidification, deoxygenation and warming. Further exploration and study of marine communities, particularly those in the deep sea which are long-lived and slow growing, is crucial for conservation purposes as they become increasing affected by anthropogenic forces. Thus my research is geared towards understanding how marine organisms respond and potentially adapt to environmental disturbance and human-induced stress in order to better understand the future of the worlds oceans.
If you would like to contact me, please do so at ddeleo [at] fiu.edu