Deep-Sea Biodiversity: Pattern and Scale

During my Ph.D., my advisors began drafting a book. I patiently awaited the tome on the deep sea biodiversity. My wait is no longer. Rex and Etter’s Deep-Sea Biodiversity: Pattern and Scale is finally here and the first book dedicated to synthesizing this subject. I received my copy last week and am quickly consuming every chapter. You can expect a full review soon. The early review’s of Rex and Etter’s book highlight its importance, novelty, and depth and from my initial reading I concur.

Deep-sea ecology is experiencing an international resurgence. This book should become a landmark.
–Robert S. Carney, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University

Rex and Etter’s great achievement will be an essential volume on any marine scientist’s bookshelf. It relates the great discovery of biodiversity patterns in the deep-sea floor to the physical and biological dynamics of the global ocean and its regions, and provides an important evolutionary and geological history perspective on the assembly of present day patterns of biodiversity.
–Jeffrey Levinton, Department of Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University

Rex and Etter offer a truly novel synthesis of an exciting and dynamic subject. They have done an exceptional job of compiling new data that captures the history, idea development, and current conceptual understanding of the abundance and diversity of the deep sea.
–Lisa A. Levin, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Species diversity is considered briefly in the few books that address deep-sea biology but there is nothing to compare with the depth, insight and clarity of Deep-Sea Biodiversity. This book fills an important niche in deep-sea ecology.
–Paul A. Tyler, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

I can say that if you have any interest in biodiversity or the deep sea this reasonably priced book should be a must for your shelf.

Dr. M (1730 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

3 comments on “Deep-Sea Biodiversity: Pattern and Scale
  1. Sounds like an excellent book. Amazon doesn’t have the “look inside” for this book, and I am curious how much, if any, attention is payed to microbes. Can anyone provide any info?


  2. The book reflects the larger field and as such contains much less on deep-sea microbial diversity than on other groups. That being said the book does cover what is known.

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