Huw Griffiths 2016-10-25T06:02:05+00:00

Huw GriffithsDr. Huw J Griffiths

British Antarctic Survey

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Huw is a marine biogeographer at the British Antarctic Survey. He is interested in large-scale biogeographic and ecological patterns in space and time, using model groups to investigate trends in distribution at high southern latitudes. He is an editor of the SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean and the Co-chair of the SCAR scientific research programme AntEco (State of the Antarctic Ecosystem) and theme leader for Spatial Ecology. He is a member of the SCAR Expert Group on Antarctic Biodiversity Information, the international steering committee of ANTABIF (Antarctic Biodiversity Information Facility) and a SCAR Delegate to the governing board, Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).

Huw has worked for BAS for fifteen years. Most of his work has focussed on a circumpolar scale including the Antarctic, sub-Antarctic and neighbouring regions. He has participated in ship-based fieldwork in the Scotia, Bellingshausen, Weddell, and Amundsen Seas, and has undertaken terrestrial specimen collections at the South Shetland Islands, South Orkney Islands, and South Georgia. He is leading an international expedition in February 2016 to investigate the biodiversity and biogeography of the South Orkney Plateau.


Key publications


De Broyer C, Koubbi P, Griffiths HJ, Raymond B, D’Acoz CDU, Van de Putte A, Danis B, David B, Grant S, Gutt J, Held C, Hosie G, Huettmann F, Post A, and Ropert-Coudert Y (2014). Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean. Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Griffiths HJ, Barnes DKA, and Linse K (2009) Towards a generalized biogeography of the Southern Ocean benthosJournal of Biogeography, 36: 162-177. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2699.2008.01979.x 

Griffiths HJ (2010) Antarctic marine biodiversity – What do we know about the distribution of life in the Southern Ocean? PLoS ONE, 5(8): e11683. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0011683 

Griffiths HJ, Whittle RJ, Roberts SJ, Belchier M, and Linse K (2013). Antarctic crabs: invasion or endurance? PLoS ONE, 8(7): e66981. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0066981 

Griffiths HJ, Arango CP, Munilla T, and McInnes SJ (2011) Biodiversity and biogeography of Southern Ocean pycnogonidsEcography, 34: 616-627. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2010.06612.x 

Griffiths HJ and Waller CL (2016) The first comprehensive description of the biodiversity and biogeography of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic intertidal communities. Journal of Biogeography. DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12708