Working Group 32: Biodiversity of Biogenic Habitats
Terms of Reference

Year 1:

  • Compile data on the distribution of coral and sponge taxa, and associated fish and invertebrate assemblages in the North Pacific within National Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) and facilitate their submission to appropriate biodiversity databases (e.g., Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS));
  • Compile data on key variables (temperature, velocity, ocean acidification, slope, aspect) hypothesized to influence coral and sponge distribution and diversity and catalogue sources of multibeam/swathe bathymetry data for distribution modeling within National EEZs;
  • Hold a WG meeting, in conjunction with PICES Annual Meeting.

Year 2:

  • Review modeling approaches to predict the potential distributions of species and habitat suitability for corals and sponges (e.g., MaxEnt, Boosted Regression Trees, or high resolution bathymetry-based models) within National EEZs;
  • Identify environmental and ecological predictors of patterns in the distribution and biodiversity of coral, sponge and associated taxa within National EEZs;
  • Convene a session on biogenic habitat distribution and diversity at PICES Annual Meeting;
  • Hold a WG meeting, in conjunction with PICES Annual Meeting.

Year 3:

  • Review and propose potential indicators for assessing and monitoring diversity of biogenic habitats;
  • Review and document associations between commercially important fish and invertebrate species and biogenic habitats;
  • Prepare scientific reports for dissemination of results;
  • Hold a WG meeting, in association with PICES Annual Meeting.
Annual Meetings


2017, 2016, 2015

Session and Workshop Summaries

S4, Indicators for assessing and monitoring biodiversity of biogenic habitats

S13, Joint PICES-ICES Session on Anthropogenic effects on biogeochemical processes, carbon export and sequestration: Impact on ocean ecosystem services

W3, Distributions of habitat-forming coral and sponge assemblages in the North Pacific Ocean and factors influencing their distributions

Symposia / Inter-sessional Workshops




PICES Scientific Reports
Primary Journals
Related Materials
PICES Sci. Rep. No. 49, 2015
Report of the Study Group on Biodiversity Conservation
Other Publications
ICES. 2020. ICES/NAFO Joint Working Group on Deep-water Ecology (WGDEC). ICES Scientific Reports. 2:62. 171 pp.
Dr. Janelle Curtis (BIO, WG-32)
WG-32 Co-Chair
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Pacific Biological Station
3190 Hammond Bay Rd.
Nanaimo, Canada V9T 6N7
Dr. Anya Dunham (FIS, WG-32)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Pacific Biological Station
3190 Hammond Bay Rd.
Nanaimo, BC
Canada V9T 6N7
(1-250) 756-7012
(1-250) 756-7138
Dr. Anders Knudby (WG-32)
Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics
University of Ottawa
75 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, ON
Canada K1N6N5
(1-613) 562-5800, x1224
Dr. Chris Rooper (WG-32, WG-43)
Pacific Biological Station
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
3190 Hammond Bay Road
Nanaimo, BC
Canada V9T6N7
Dr. Masashi Kiyota (WG-32)
WG-32 Co-Chair
Graduate School of Fisheries and Environmental Sciences
Nagasaki University
1-14 Bunkyo-machi
Nagasaki, Nagasaki
Japan 852-8521
Dr. Go Suzuki (WG-32)
Seikai National Fisheries Research Institute, FRA
148 Fukai-Ota
Ishigaki, Okinawa
Japan 9070451
Prof. Jianming Chen (WG-32)
Third Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Natural Resources
184 Daxue Road, Siming District
Xiamen, Alberta
People's Republic of China N/A
(86) 0592-219-5086
Dr. Hui Huang (WG-32)
Marine Environment and Ecology
South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, CAS
164 West Xingang Rd.
Guangzhou, Guangdong
People's Republic of China 510301
(86-20) 844-60294
(86-20) 844-51672
Mr. Keji Jiang (WG-32)
East China Sea Fisheries Research Institute, CAFS
300 Jungong Rd., Yangpu District
Shanghai , People's Republic of China 200090
(86-21) 6566-4854
(86-21) 6568-3926
Prof. Shufang Liu (WG-32)
Molecular Ecology of Fishery Resources
Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute, CAFS
106 Nanjing Rd., Shinan District
Qingdao, Shandong
People's Republic of China 266071
Prof. Feng Zhao (WG-32)
East China Sea Fisheries Research Institute, CAFS
300 Jungong Rd., Yangpu District
Shanghai, People's Republic of China 200090
(86-21) 6580 7898
(86-21) 6568 3926
Prof. Kwang-Sik Albert Choi (WG-32)
School of Marine Biomedical Sciences
Jeju National University
102 Jejudaehakno, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Jeju, Republic of Korea 690-756
(82-10) 3699-9000
Ms. Hye-Won Moon (WG-32)
Marine Bio-Resources and Information Center
National Marine Biodiversity Institute of Korea
Jangsan-ro 101-75, Janghang-eup
Seochun-gun, Republic of Korea 33663
Dr. Seonock Woo (WG-32)
Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST)
Youngdo-gu, Haeyangro 385
Busan, Republic of Korea 49111
Dr. Tatiana N. Dautova (WG-32)
National Scientific Center of Marine Biology, FEB RAS, FEFU
17 Palchevskogo St.
Vladivostok, Russia 690041
Dr. John M Guinotte (WG-32)
Marine Conservation Institute
4010 Stone Way N, Suite 210
Seattle, WA
U.S.A. 98103
(1-360) 467-4043
(1-206) 915 2037
Dr. Les Watling (WG-32)
Department of Biology
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Edmondson Hall
Honolulu, HI
U.S.A. 96822