Deep sea corals reside in the deep ocean below the 50m boundary where surface light can penetrative. Unlike their better known tropical cousins, they are not restricted to the equatorial belt and are found in all the global oceans- including here in the UK.
Emma Smith, John Moores University, focuses her research on deep sea coral nutrition in the UK and Ireland. This helps to understand how deep sea coral ecosystems function and what they need to survive. This research is of increasing importance to understanding the impact of human activities in the deep sea.