Steven Auscavitch, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate (previously held)
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences
Biology




My research focuses on several aspects of the ecology and biodiversity of the deep ocean, the largest and last great frontier for exploration on Earth. I am most interested in how life is distributed in the deep sea along environmental gradients and across oceanographic boundaries. My research provides better baseline information about deep-sea communities in under-explored regions in support of conservation of marine biodiversity.

These projects have taken me to the farthest corners of the Earth onboard ships and within submersibles to obtain a better understanding of life in the deep ocean. Of all the questions and hypotheses that we have posed about life in the marine environment, one thing that is clear: there is so much left to discover about life in our oceans.

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  1. Taenzer L, Wankel SD, Kapit J, Pardis WA, Herrera S, Auscavitch S, Grabb KC, Cordes E, Hansel CM. Corals and sponges are hotspots of reactive oxygen species in the deep sea. PNAS Nexus. 2023 Nov; 2(11):pgad398. PMID: 38034097; PMCID: PMC10682969; DOI: 10.1093/pnasnexus/pgad398;
     
  2. Soule A, Auscavitch S, Fundis A, Ballard RD, Rodriguez C, Heffron E, Moran K. Exploration of an Unnamed Seamount Chain. Wishnak SJ, Flanders J, Crum E, Wiener C (eds.), New Frontiers in Ocean Exploration: The Ocean Exploration Trust, NOAA Ocean Exploration, and Schmidt Ocean Institute 2021 field season, Oceanography. 2022; 35(1):38-39.
  3. Balbas A, Orcutt BN, Kelley C, Auscavitch S, Petruncio E, Smith JR, Raineault N, Steward K. Lu’uaeaahikiikapapaku: Ancient Volcanos in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. Wishnak SJ, Flanders J, Crum E, Wiener C (eds.), New Frontiers in Ocean Exploration: The Ocean Exploration Trust, NOAA Ocean Exploration, and Schmidt Ocean Institute 2021 field season, Oceanography. 2022; 35(1):35-36. View Publication
  4. Levin L, Jensen P, Rouse G, Mizell K, Castro-Falcon G, Pearson K, Creamer K, Vlach D, Auscavitch S, Coleman D. Raineault NA, Flanders J, Niiler E (eds.), New Frontiers in Ocean Exploration: The E/V Nautilus, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, and R/V Falkor 2020 Field Season. Biodiversity Baselines and Biopharmaceutical Potential for the Borderland. The Oceanography Society. 2021; 38-39.
  5. Auscavitch SR, Lunden JJ, Barkman A, Quattrini AM, Demopoulos AWJ, Cordes EE. Distribution of deep-water scleractinian and stylasterid corals across abiotic environmental gradients on three seamounts in the Anegada Passage. PeerJ. 2020; 8:e9523. PMID: 32821533; PMCID: PMC7397984; DOI: 10.7717/peerj.9523;
     
  6. Auscavitch S, Bellucci LA, Baumberger T, Miller E, Kelley C, Raineault N. From Seeps to Seamounts: E/V Nautilus Expedition Samples in 2021. in New Frontiers in Ocean Exploration: The Ocean Exploration Trust, NOAA Ocean Exploration, and Schmidt Ocean Institute 2021 field season. Wishnak SJ, Flanders J, Crum E, Wiener C (eds.), Oceanography. 2020; 35(1):16-17. View Publication
  7. Auscavitch SR, Deere MC, Keller AG, Rotjan RD, Timothy M, Cordes EE. Oceanographic drivers of deep-sea coral species distribution and community assembly on seamounts, islands, atolls, and reefs within the Phoenix Islands Protected Area. Frontiers in Marine Science. 2020; 7:1-15. View Publication
  8. Auscavitch S, Pockalny R, Konrad K, Humphreys J, Clark, Timothy B, Heffron E, Fundis A. Deepwater Exploration of Kingman Reef, Palmyra Atoll, and Jarvis Island: Geological and biological discoveries from the US Line Islands. New Frontiers in Ocean Exploration: The E/V Nautilus, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, and R/V Falkor 2019 Field Season. 2019; 33(1):38-39.
  9. Kennedy BRC, Cantwell K, Malik M, Kelley C, Potter J, Elliott K, Lobecker E, Gray LM, Sowers D, White MP, France SC, Auscavitch S, Mah C, Moriwake V, Bingo SRD, Putts M, Rotjan RD. The Unknown and the Unexplored: Insights Into the Pacific Deep-Sea Following NOAA CAPSTONE Expeditions. Frontiers in Marine Science. 2019; 6:480. View Publication
  10. Wagner D, Sowers D, Williams S, Auscavitch S, Blaney D, Cromwell M. Océano Profundo 2018: Exploring deep sea habitats off Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. 2019.
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