AntEco aimed to increase the scientific knowledge of biodiversity, from genes to ecosystems that, coupled with increased knowledge of species biology, can be used for the conservation and management of Antarctic ecosystems.
The majority of AntEco’s efforts concentrated on bringing people together, with over 90 researchers funded to attend conferences and workshops (>50% of which were early-career researchers or from developing Antarctic nations).
Read pdf ECR Testimonials from the Polar2018 Open Science Conference (629 KB) .
Policy-relevant work included several new significant contributions to the Antarctic Environments Portal on important topics:
- marine plastics,
- marine biodiversity,
- pathways for the introduction of terrestrial non-native species,
- non-native microbial introductions,
- specially protected and managed areas in Antarctica, and
- the status of known non-native species introductions and impacts.
Notable achievements include leading contributions to The Monaco Assessment, pdf The Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean (37.82 MB) , reports to CCAMLR, education activities and contributions to popular media such as BBC wildlife series 'Blue Planet 2', 'Seven Worlds, One Planet' and 'Frozen Planet 2'.
AntEco played a leading role in 26 conference sessions and organised or funded 20 international workshops. Face-to-face outreach to over 50,000 people at public outreach events. Joint workshops, publications, conference sessions and activities with other SCAR SRPs and groups, including AntClim21 SRP (Antarctic Climate Change in the 21st Century), AnT-ERA SRP (Antarctic Thresholds - Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation), PAIS SRP (Past Antarctic Ice Sheet Dynamics), Plastic in Polar Environments, EG-ABI (Antarctic Biodiversity Informatics), EG-BAMM (Birds and Marine Mammals), ANTOS (Antarctic Near-shore and Terrestrial Observing System) and BEPSII (Biogeochemical Exchange Processes at the Sea-Ice Interfaces), and international programmes MEASO (Marine Ecosystem Assessment for the Southern Ocean), ICED (Integrating Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics), SOOS (Southern Ocean Observing System) and Biodiversity.aq.
Publications in peer-reviewed journals formed the primary deliverable of the programme with an extensive list of publications (over 200 articles, reports and book chapters) including the SCAR Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean.
See the list of pdf key papers published during the AntEco programme (262 KB) .
View members of the pdf leadership team and steering group (100 KB) .
Reports and Documents
Other documents can be found in the folder AntEco folder of the SCAR Library .