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Global Patterns and Predictions of Seafloor Biomass Using Random Forests

  • Chih-Lin Wei mail,

    weic@tamug.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, United States of America

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  • Gilbert T. Rowe,

    Affiliation: Department of Marine Biology, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Galveston, Texas, United States of America

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  • Elva Escobar-Briones,

    Affiliation: Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México D.F., México

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  • Antje Boetius,

    Affiliation: Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany

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  • Thomas Soltwedel,

    Affiliation: Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany

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  • M. Julian Caley,

    Affiliation: Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville, Queensland, Australia

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  • Yousria Soliman,

    Affiliation: Biological and Environmental Sciences, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

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  • Falk Huettmann,

    Affiliation: Biology and Wildlife Department, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska, United States of America

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  • Fangyuan Qu,

    Affiliations: Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, United States of America, College of Marine Life Science, Ocean University of Qingdao, Qingdao, China

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  • Zishan Yu,

    Affiliation: College of Marine Life Science, Ocean University of Qingdao, Qingdao, China

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  • C. Roland Pitcher,

    Affiliation: CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Cleveland, Queensland, Australia

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  • Richard L. Haedrich,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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  • Mary K. Wicksten,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, United States of America

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  • Michael A. Rex,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Jeffrey G. Baguley,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of Nevada Reno, Reno, Nevada, United States of America

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  • Jyotsna Sharma,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, United States of America

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  • Roberto Danovaro,

    Affiliation: Department of Marine Sciences, Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy

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  • Ian R. MacDonald,

    Affiliation: Department of Oceanography, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, United States of America

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  • Clifton C. Nunnally,

    Affiliation: Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, United States of America

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  • Jody W. Deming,

    Affiliation: Department of Oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States of America

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  • Paul Montagna,

    Affiliation: Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, United States of America

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  • Mélanie Lévesque,

    Affiliation: Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski, Université du Québec à Rimouski, Rimouski, Québec, Canada

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  • Jan Marcin Weslawski,

    Affiliation: Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Sopot, Poland

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  • Maria Wlodarska-Kowalczuk,

    Affiliation: Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Sopot, Poland

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  • Baban S. Ingole,

    Affiliation: National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, Goa, India

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  • Brian J. Bett,

    Affiliation: National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom

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  • David S. M. Billett,

    Affiliation: National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom

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  • Andrew Yool,

    Affiliation: National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom

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  • Bodil A. Bluhm,

    Affiliation: School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska, United States of America

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  • Katrin Iken,

    Affiliation: School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska, United States of America

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  • Bhavani E. Narayanaswamy

    Affiliation: Scottish Association for Marine Science, Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, United Kingdom

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  • Published: December 30, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0015323
  • Published in PLOS ONE

About the Authors

Chih-Lin Wei, Fangyuan Qu, Clifton C. Nunnally
Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, United States of America
Gilbert T. Rowe
Department of Marine Biology, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Galveston, Texas, United States of America
Elva Escobar-Briones
Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México D.F., México
Antje Boetius, Thomas Soltwedel
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany
M. Julian Caley
Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Yousria Soliman
Biological and Environmental Sciences, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar
Falk Huettmann
Biology and Wildlife Department, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska, United States of America
Fangyuan Qu, Zishan Yu
College of Marine Life Science, Ocean University of Qingdao, Qingdao, China
C. Roland Pitcher
CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Cleveland, Queensland, Australia
Richard L. Haedrich
Department of Biology, Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Mary K. Wicksten
Department of Biology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, United States of America
Michael A. Rex
Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Jeffrey G. Baguley
Department of Biology, University of Nevada Reno, Reno, Nevada, United States of America
Jyotsna Sharma
Department of Biology, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, United States of America
Roberto Danovaro
Department of Marine Sciences, Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy
Ian R. MacDonald
Department of Oceanography, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, United States of America
Jody W. Deming
Department of Oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States of America
Paul Montagna
Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, United States of America
Mélanie Lévesque
Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski, Université du Québec à Rimouski, Rimouski, Québec, Canada
Jan Marcin Weslawski, Maria Wlodarska-Kowalczuk
Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Sopot, Poland
Baban S. Ingole
National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, Goa, India
Brian J. Bett, David S. M. Billett, Andrew Yool
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom
Bodil A. Bluhm, Katrin Iken
School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska, United States of America
Bhavani E. Narayanaswamy
Scottish Association for Marine Science, Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author

Email: weic@tamug.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: CLW GTR EEB. Analyzed the data: CW. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: CLW GTR EEB AB TS MJC YS FH FQ ZY CRP RLH MKW MAR JGB JS RD IRM CCN JWD PM ML JMW MWK BSI BJB DSMB AY BAB KI BEN. Wrote the paper: CLW GTR.