There is a dearth of knowledge about biodiversity levels found in intertidal environment in the Southern Ocean, a situation opposite to that found in other oceans. These habitats are exposed to fast-paced changes in key environmental parameters (seawater temperature, salinity, primary production, sea-ice regimes), and host organisms which have been facing past events shaping the function and structure of ecosystems. On top of understanding these aspects, the BRAIN-BE projects vERSO, RECTO and TANGO have identified plasticities (trophic, dispersive) and connectivities as a key areas of research to understand the impact of the environmental changes on Antarctic ecosystems.

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The list of B121 publications is available below:

Jossart, Q., Bauman, D., Moreau, C., Saucède, T., Christiansen, H., Brasier, M. J., Convey, P., Down, R., Figuerola, B., Martin, P., Norenburg, J., Rosenfeld, S., Verheye, M., & Danis, B. (2023). A pioneer morphological and genetic study of the intertidal fauna of the Gerlache Strait (Antarctic Peninsula). Environ Monit Assess.
Dreidemy, J., & Danis, B. (2022). Diversité des communautés benthiques en péninsule Antarctique occidentale: une approche à faible impact environnemental [Master Thesis]. Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Danis, B., Wallis, B., Guillaumot, C., Moreau, C., Pasotti, F., Heindler, F. M., Robert, H., Christiansen, H., Jossart, Q., & Saucède, T. (2022). Nimble vessel cruises as a complementary platform for Southern Ocean biodiversity research: concept and preliminary results from the Belgica 121 expedition. Antarctic Science, 1–7.
Danis, B., Christiansen, H., Guillaumot, C., Heindler, F., Jossart, Q., Moreau, C., Pasotti, F., Robert, H., Wallis, B., & Saucède, T. (2021). The Belgica 121 expedition to the Western Antarctic Peninsula: a detailed biodiversity census. Biodiversity Data Journal, 9, e70590.
Danis, B., Christiansen, H., Guillaumot, C., Heindler, F. M., Jossart, Q., Lucas, K., Moreau, C., Pasotti, F., Robert, H., Wallis, B., & Saucède, T. (2019). Report of the Belgica 121 expedition to the West Antarctic Peninsula.