Dr Veerle Huvenne

Role/area of expertise

Cold-water corals, marine habitat mapping, submarine canyons, hydrothermal vents, sediment dynamics

Location & Contact Details

Location: 
Southampton
Telephone Extension: 
26575
(External 02380 596575)
Contact Email: 
vaih@noc.ac.uk
Office / Desk Location: 
676/16
Affiliation: 
NERC

Dr Veerle Huvenne

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Dr. Veerle Huvenne is a marine geoscientist with more than 10 years of experience in the study of complex deep-sea environments such as cold-water coral reefs, submarine canyons, hydrothermal vents or sandy contourites. She has participated in >25 international expeditions at sea, acting several times as chief scientist, or as scientific liaison during technical experiments or equipment trials. Her multidisciplinary approach combines aspects of marine geology, sedimentology, marine biology, ecology, geophysics, remote sensing, spatial & geostatistics and GIS for the holistic study of these environments and their governing (geological) processes.

Her main fields of research are:

. Marine habitat mapping: specifically of deep-sea environments, using a combination of acoustic survey techniques, computer-based image analysis, spatial statistics, sampling and video surveying. In addition to shipborne surveys, this includes the use and development of underwater vehicles (e.g. ROV Isis or AUV Autosub6000)

. Cold-water corals and their geological/sedimentological environment: study of the initiation and development of cold-water coral reefs and mounds, based on 2D & 3D seismics, sidescan sonar, multibeam bathymetry, core information (including IODP cores), (ROV) video data and seabed samples. Specific investigation of the role of the local sedimentary regime on coral growth and mound development.

. Submarine canyons: study of canyon morphology, sediment transport processes and periodicity, spatial distribution of habitats and communities. 

. Deep-sea sediment dynamics: analysis of seabed samples, IODP & piston cores, current meter measurements and bedform morphologies to determine current strengths, directions and periodicities at the seabed plus their influence on the resulting sedimentary deposits (specifically in relation to benthic habitats). Expertise in grainsize analyses.

Membership of Committees and Boards

Member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the 3-yearly International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals

Latest Publications for Dr Veerle Huvenne

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Robert, Katleen; Jones, Daniel O.B.; Roberts, J. Murray; Huvenne, Veerle A.I.. 2016 Improving predictive mapping of deep-water habitats: Considering multiple model outputs and ensemble techniques. Deep Sea Research Part I Oceanographic Research Papers. 113. 80-89. 10.1016/j.dsr.2016.04.008

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Huvenne, V.A.I.; Bett, B.J.; Masson, D.G.; Le Bas, T.P.; Wheeler, A.J.. 2016 Effectiveness of a deep-sea cold-water coral Marine Protected Area, following eight years of fisheries closure. Biological Conservation.

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Amaro, T.; Huvenne, V.A.I.; Allcock, A.L.; Aslam, T.; Davies, J.S.; Danovaro, R.; De Stigter, H.C.; Duineveld, G.C.A.; Gambi, C.; Gooday, A.J.; Gunton, L.M.; Hall, R.; Howell, K.L.; Ingels, J.; Kiriakoulakis, K.; Kershaw, C.E.; Lavaleye, M.S.S.; Robert, K.; Stewart, H.; Van Rooij, D.; White, M.; Wilson, A.M.. 2016 The Whittard Canyon: a case study of submarine canyon processes. Progress in Oceanography. 10.1016/j.pocean.2016.06.003 (In Press)

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Hogg, Oliver; Huvenne, Veerle; Griffiths, Huw; Dorschel, Boris; Linse, Katrin. 2016 Landscape mapping at sub-Antarctic South Georgia provides a protocol for underpinning large-scale marine protected areas. Scientific Reports, 6, 33163. 10.1038/srep33163

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Morris, Kirsty J.; Bett, Brian J.; Durden, Jennifer M.; Benoist, Noelie M.A.; Huvenne, Veerle A.I.; Jones, Daniel O.B.; Robert, Katleen; Ichino, Matteo; Wolff, George A.; Ruhl, Henry A.. 2016 Landscape-scale spatial heterogeneity in phytodetrital cover and megafauna biomass in the abyss links to modest topographic variation. Scientific Reports, 6. 34080. 10.1038/srep34080

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Victorero, Lissette; Blamart, Dominique; Pons-Branchu, Edwige; Mavrogordato, Mark N.; Huvenne, Veerle A.I.. 2015 Reconstruction of the formation history of the Darwin Mounds, N Rockall Trough: How the dynamics of a sandy contourite affected cold-water coral growth. Marine Geology. 10.1016/j.margeo.2015.12.001 (In Press)

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Durden, Jennifer M., Bett, Brian J., Jones, Daniel O.B., Huvenne, Veerle A.I. and Ruhl, Henry A. (2015) Abyssal hills - hidden source of increased habitat heterogeneity, benthic megafaunal biomass and diversity in the deep sea. Progress In Oceanography, 137, (A), 209-218. (doi:10.1016/j.pocean.2015.06.006).
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Ismail, Khaira; Huvenne, Veerle A.I.; Masson, Douglas G.. 2015 Objective automated classification technique for marine landscape mapping in submarine canyons. Marine Geology, 362. 17-32. 10.1016/j.margeo.2015.01.006

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Durden, Jennifer M.; Bett, Brian J.; Jones, Daniel O.B.; Huvenne, Veerle A.I.; Ruhl, Henry A.. 2015 Abyssal hills - hidden source of increased habitat heterogeneity, benthic megafaunal biomass and diversity in the deep sea. Progress in Oceanography, 137 (A). 209-218. 10.1016/j.pocean.2015.06.006

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Angeletti, L.; Mecho, A.; Doya, C.; Micallef, A.; Huvenne, V.; Georgiopoulou, A.; Taviani, M.. 2015 First report of live deep-water cnidarian assemblages from the Malta Escarpment. Italian Journal of Zoology, 82 (2). 1-7. 10.1080/11250003.2015.1026416

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Wynn, Russell B.; Huvenne, Veerle A.I.; Le Bas, Timothy P.; Murton, Bramley J.; Connelly, Douglas P.; Bett, Brian J.; Ruhl, Henry A.; Morris, Kirsty J.; Peakall, Jeffrey; Parsons, Daniel R.; Sumner, Esther J.; Darby, Stephen E.; Dorrell, Robert M.; Hunt, James E.. 2014 Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs): their past, present and future contributions to the advancement of marine geoscience. Marine Geology, 352. 451-468. 10.1016/j.margeo.2014.03.012

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Robert, Katleen; Jones, Daniel O.B.; Huvenne, Veerle A.I.. 2014 Megafaunal distribution and biodiversity in a heterogeneous landscape: the iceberg scoured Rockall Bank, NE Atlantic. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 501. 67-88. 10.3354/meps10677

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Robert, Katleen; Jones, Daniel O.B.; Tyler, Paul A.; Van Rooij, David; Huvenne, Veerle A.I.. 2014 Finding the hot-spots within a biodiversity hotspot: fine-scale biological predictions within a submarine canyon using high-resolution acoustic mapping techniques. Marine Ecology, Early View. 10.1111/maec.12228

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Morris, Kirsty J.; Bett, Brian J.; Durden, Jennifer M.; Huvenne, Veerle A.I.; Milligan, Rosanna; Jones, Daniel O.B.; McPhail, Stephen; Robert, Katleen; Bailey, David M.; Ruhl, Henry A.. 2014 A new method for ecological surveying of the abyss using autonomous underwater vehicle photography. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 12 (11). 795-809. 10.4319/lom.2014.12.795

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Robert, Katleen, Jones, Daniel O.B., Tyler, Paul A., Van Rooij , David and Huvenne, Veerle A.I. (2014) Finding the hot-spots within a biodiversity hotspot: fine-scale biological predictions within a submarine canyon using high-resolution acoustic mapping techniques. Marine Ecology, 36, (4), 1256-1276. (doi:10.1111/maec.12228).
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Morris, Kirsty J., Bett, Brian J., Durden, Jennifer M., Huvenne, Veerle A.I., Milligan, Rosanna, Jones, Daniel O.B., McPhail, Stephen D., Robert, Katleen, Bailey, David M. and Ruhl, Henry A. (2014) A new method for ecological surveying of the abyss using autonomous underwater vehicle photography. Limnology and Oceanography Methods, 12, (11), 795-809. (doi:10.4319/lom.2014.12.795).
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Wynn, Russell B., Huvenne, Veerle A.I., Le Bas, Timothy P., Murton, Bramley J., Connelly, Douglas P., Bett, Brian J., Ruhl, Henry A., Morris, Kirsty J., Peakall, Jeffrey, Parsons, Daniel R., Sumner, Esther J., Darby, Stephen E., Dorrell, Robert M. and Hunt, James E. (2014) Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs): their past, present and future contributions to the advancement of marine geoscience. Marine Geology, 352, 451-468. (doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2014.03.012).
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Pham, Christopher K., Ramirez-Llodra, Eva, Alt, Claudia H.S., Amaro, Teresa, Bergmann, Melanie, Canals, Miquel, Company, Joan B., Davies, Jaime, Duineveld, Gerard, Galgani, François, Howell, Kerry L., Huvenne, Veerle A.I., Isidro, Eduardo, Jones, Daniel O.B., Lastras, Galderic, Morato, Telmo, Gomes-Pereira, José Nuno, Purser, Autun, Stewart, Heather, Tojeira, Inês, Tubau, Xavier, Van Rooij, David and Tyler, Paul A. (2014) Marine litter distribution and density in European seas, from the shelves to deep basins. PLoS ONE, 9, (4), e95839. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0095839).
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James, Rachael H,; Green, Darryl R.H.; Stock, Michael J.; Alker, Belinda J.; Banerjee, Neil R.; Cole, Catherine; German, Christopher R.; Huvenne, Veerle A.I.; Powell, Alexandra M.; Connelly, Douglas P.. 2014 Composition of hydrothermal fluids and mineralogy of associated chimney material on the East Scotia Ridge back-arc spreading centre. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 139. 47-71. 10.1016/j.gca.2014.04.024

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Robert, Katleen, Jones, Daniel O.B. and Huvenne, Veerle A.I. (2014) Megafaunal distribution and biodiversity in a heterogeneous landscape: the iceberg scoured Rockall Bank, NE Atlantic. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 501, 67-88. (doi:10.3354/meps10677).

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