How do fish in the Southern Ocean keep from freezing?


Ofer Gon

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Photo of Ofer GonGraduated with an MSc in marine biology and oceanography from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel in 1979. Have been working at the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (formerly the J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology), Grahamstown, South Africa since 1982.

Main research interests:

Marine fish systematics, particularly of coral reef and Antarctic fishes; history of ichthyology in South Africa.

Current research:

Systematics of cardinalfishes (Apogonidae), anchovies (Engraulidae) and sardines (Clupeidae) in the western Indian Ocean; systematics of the cardinalfishes and deepwater cardinalfishes (Epigonidae) of the eastern central Atlantic Ocean.

Icefish cruise goals:

To resolve problems in the systematics of wide-ranging sub-Antarctic notothenioid species; to investigate the antifreeze biology of sub-Antarctic notothenioids, particularly of endemic species; to collect materials (specimens, distribution data and photographs) for a revision of Fishes of the Southern Ocean; and to obtain specimens for the reference collection of Southern Ocean fishes of the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity.