State of the Antarctic Ecosystem (AntEco)


Through the development and maintenance of an international research network, AntEco aims to inform our understanding of current biodiversity and patterns therein, to distinguish the impact of present processes from historical signals, and to use this knowledge to develop scenarios of its future state through interdisciplinary approaches.

To do so we will promote the use of both established and innovative technologies, on scales from the latest molecular analyses to remote sensing, that will provide the means for synthesis and integration across the entire region over physical and temporal scales and resolutions that until now have not been possible.

While the scope of research activities supported will be broad, research priorities will be directed towards science that is policy relevant and assists in guiding management and conservation in the region.

Research Sectors

AntEco is structured into five research sectors, each with a sector leader:

  1. Spatial Ecology (Huw Griffiths, British Antarctic Survey, UK)
  2. Molecular Ecology and Evolution (Jan Strugnell, Latrobe University, Australia)
  3. Ecoinformatics and Systems Biology (Alison Murray, Desert Research Institute, USA)
  4. Paleoecology (Dominic Hodgson, British Antarctic Survey, UK)
  5. Impacts, trends and conservation (Annick Wilmotte, University Liège, Belgium).

Research will not be carried out in isolation within these sectors. Multidisciplinary approaches are a key guiding principle within AntEco, with collaborations encouraged not only between research sectors, but also more broadly across SCAR Research Programmes and other relevant SCAR Standing Committees and Expert Groups.

For more information about the goals and objectives of AntEco, take a look at the implementation plan.