Symposium 2013: Deep Sea Fish Biology, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK, 8-11 July 2013

The deep sea, the largest marine ecosystem on the planet, contains a remarkable diversity of fishes. It is still in an age of discovery and in the last two decades, as research technologies have advanced, our understanding of the evolution, ecology and physiology of deep-sea fishes has increased dramatically. Over the same time period, conservation of the deep sea emerged as a global concern and the sustainable management of human activities in the deep sea remains a major challenge. This timely symposium will bring together biologists from around the world who have a particular interest in deep-sea fishes. The aim is to review progress in the field and present the latest research findings. The symposium will also provide a forum for networking and fostering collaborations that further develop and advance this fascinating field of research. The proceedings of the symposium will published in a special issue of the Journal of Fish Biology.


Abstracts are encouraged that address the following themes:

  1. Life histories
  2. Population structure and genetics
  3. Physiological adaptations and bioluminescence
  4. Community structure and food-webs
  5. Bentho-pelagic coupling
  6. Behaviour and reproduction
  7. Phylogeny, systematics, taxonomy and new discoveries
  8. Parasites and symbioses
  9. Methodological advances
  10. Conservation and management



Odd Aksel Bergstad (Institute of Marine Research, Norway)


Monty Priede (University of Aberdeen, Scotland)
Dick Haedrich (Memorial University, Canada)
Ivone Figueiredo (IPIMAR, Portugal)
Tracey Sutton (Virginia Institute of Marine Science, USA)
Clive Trueman (University of Southampton, England)



Dr David Bailey
(Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow)

Dr Jeffrey Drazen
(Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii, Manoa)

Dr Francis Neat
(Marine Scotland – Science, Marine laboratory, Aberdeen)