Shallow-water hydrothermal vents are widespread ecosystems that have been previously understudied compared to their deep-sea counterparts (Giovannelli et al., 2013), despite the fact that these systems were known long before the discovery of the deep-sea vents on the Galapagos Rift in 1977. Because of their proximity to the surface, shallow-water hydrothermal systems are influenced both by geothermally generated reducing power and by light, and can be described as “high energy” environments, where chemolithoautrotrophy and photoautotrophy co-occur.
In the past few years I’ve been working on several shallow-water hydrothermal vent site worldwide (check out the field site map) to investigate the complex interactions between the microbial communities, geochemistry and geodynamics of these complex ecosystems. Despite a recent surge of interest from the scientific community, a lot remain to be done (see Price and Giovannelli, 2017 for an up-to-date review on this subject).
Here is a list of resources on shallow-water hydrothermal vent extracted from Price and Giovannelli (2017), regularly updated on this site. Feel free to use the information found on this page in any way, provided you cite Price and Giovannelli (2017) (see bottom of the page).
- A table containing the key characteristic of prokaryotic isolates in pure culture from shallow-water hydrothermal vents worldwide, updated regularly. Table shallow-water vent isolates
- A table containing the location and general characteristics of shallow-water hydrothermal vents occurring at less than 212 meters water depth, updated regularly. Table Confirmed shallow-water vent locations
- A bibtex file containing the my bibliographic database on shallow-water vent papers, updated regularly. File bibliography shallow-vents in bibtex format updated May 2018.
Last update May 2018
D Giovannelli, G d’ Errico, E Manini, M Yakimov, C Vetriani. 2013. Diversity and Phylogenetic Analyses of Bacteria from a Shallow-Water Hydrothermal Vent in Milos Island (Greece). Frontiers in Microbiology 4: 184. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2013.00184
Price RE and Giovannelli D. (2017). A Review of the Geochemistry and Microbiology of Marine Shallow-water Hydrothermal Vents. Invited Article, Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, In Press. doi.:10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.09523-3