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State of the Antarctic Ecosystem (AntECO)

Notable science highlight in the last 12 months included the AntEco convened Antarctic Symposium at the joint Ecological Society of Australia and New Zealand Conference in Auckland (August 2013), where research on Antarctic ecology was presented to a broad cross-section of the ecological community.

The implementation plan was also presented at the VII Congreso Latinoamericano de Investigaciones Antárticas (Chile, September 2013) and AntEco research priorities were highlighted at the 6th Malaysian International Seminar on Antarctica (October 2013).

AntEco also supported cooperative efforts to manage large scale data sets, and in co-operation with the Expert Group on Biodiversity Informatics, has helped to progress the Microbial Antarctic Resource System (mARS) initiative as well as the Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean.

Other science highlights include several research articles in international, peer reviewed journals, including a major review of the spatial Structure of Antarctic biodiversity (Convey et al 2014); the unprecedented documentation of the regeneration of 1500 year old moss (Roads et al. 2014); a landmark study documenting divergence between Antarctic and South American marine organisms (Poulin et al. 2014); the identification of Ross Sea molluscs (Ghiglione et al. 2014); new insights into the management of invasive species on sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island (Terauds et al. 2014); studies that have generated a better understanding of the diversity and adaptability of Antarctic microbial communities (Makhalanyane et al 2013; Gokul 2013); an editorial on threats to, and protection of, Antarctic microbiota (Hughes et al 2013); a significant review of patterns, processes and vulnerability of Southern Ocean benthos (Kaiser et al 2013); and a continental-scale study into the effects of geothermal areas on Antarctic biodiversity (Fraser et al 2014).

For full details on the above publications take a look at the Publications section.