Life at hot vents: fast and furious
Verena Tunnicliffe, Ph.D.
University of Victoria
Wednesday, November 15, 2000
3:00 p.m.—Pacific Forum
Hydrothermal vents offer a marvelous habitat for life: a lot of food is
available to the venturesome. The challenges, however, include a highly
variable chemical milieu, undependable access to fluids, competition from
your neighbors, and a long way to go to the next vent.
We'll explore the tradeoffs between home security and good food access,
how those tubeworms actually get their symbionts, how spiders mate in the
deep sea anyway, and some internecine warfare in worms... All this, on top
of an eruptive volcano.
Next: Current oversights in marine biogeography