Research projects

Sponge grounds are among the most diverse, ecologically and biologically important marine ecosystems of the deep-sea, and yet they have so far received very little research attention.

We are now part of a large EU funded H2020 consortium to investigate deep-sea North Atlantic sponge grounds (i.e. sponge-dominated communities).

The main goal of the project SponGES ( is to develop an integrated ecosystem-based approach to preserve and sustainably use deep-sea sponge ecosystems of the North Atlantic.

Coordinator: University of Bergen, Norway (Prof. Hans Tore Rapp).
Co-coordinators: Florida Atlantic University, USA (Prof. Shirley Pomponi) and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Prof. Ellen Kenchington)
Consortium: 18 EU, USA and Canadian partners
Timeframe: 4 years (March 2016 – February 2020)

Our group at Uppsala University, will further explore the metabolic diversity of the main sponges from north Atlantic sponge grounds, combined with genomic, transcriptomic and metagenomic data.

More SponGES links:
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SponGES ResearchGate

Last modified: 2022-12-16