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YOUMARES 5 Conference: Session on Coral Reef Ecology, Management and Conservation (September 10-12th, 2014)

There will be a session on “Coral Reef Ecology, Management and Conservation in a Rapidly Changing Ocean Environment” at the upcoming YOUMARES 5 conference in Stralsund, Germany (September 10-12th 2014, http://youmares.net/ym5.html). YOUMARES is a networking platform for young marine scientists and engineers aimed at linking research and commercial applications of marine studies. Coral reefs are among the most diverse and productive marine ecosystems but face increasing pressure from local and global threats. In recent decades, the fast decline of many reef ecosystems has challenged researchers and managers to provide strategies that reconcile human activities with the conservation of the ecological processes that drive these ecosystems (e.g. productivity, herbivory). We therefore welcome contributions for this session that report on the latest research in ecological processes shown to be important in structuring reef communities, responses of coral reefs to changing ocean scenarios, and management and conservation strategies that may help sustain reef ecosystem function in exploited areas. Please submit your abstracts before July 15th 2014 following the online guidelines (http://youmares.net/ym5/participate.html). If you have any questions or would like more information do not hesitate to contact Ulisse Cardini (ulisse.cardini@zmt-bremen.de) or Laura Rix (laura.rix@zmt-bremen.de).


2nd International Mesophotic Workshop (October 26th-31st, 2014)

The 2nd International Mesophotic workshop will be held in Eilat, Israel, October 26th-31st, 2014, and will be organized by Tel-Aviv University and the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat (IUI). We would like to encourage researchers and students which are interested in the mesophotic reefs ecosystems to participate. This workshop has an interdisciplinary focus, welcoming people with backgrounds ranging from ecology, biology, oceanography, molecular studies, social sciences and underwater technology, and will provide excellent opportunities to gain insight into the latest mesophotic research. For more details have a look at the workshop website: http://www.mceisrael.com. We look forward to seeing you in Eilat!


Training Workshop on Analysis of Multivariate Data from Ecology and Environmental Science, using PRIMER (September 15-19, 2014)

This five day workshop will to be held at Weedon Island Preserve Visitors’ Center, St Petersburg FL, USA, September 15-19, 2014, will cover the statistical analysis of assemblage data (species by samples matrices of abundance, area cover etc) and/or multi-variable environmental data arising from a wide range of applications in environmental science and ecology. The workshop will be based on the PRIMER package (Plymouth Routines in Multivariate Ecological Research), a worldwide standard software tool with > 10,000 citations in the refereed literature.

The course will include clustering (CLUSTER), ordination by non-metric multi-dimensional scaling (MDS) and principal components analysis (PCA), hypothesis testing on similarity matrices (ANOSIM) and other permutation tests (RELATE), linking biotic patterns to environmental variables (BEST), identifying species responsible for the observed community pattern (SIMPER, BEST), comparison of ordinations (2STAGE, e.g. 2nd stage MDS), and all the other features of PRIMER. The course will be lead by Professor K Robert Clarke (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK; Murdoch University, W. Australia), who is the instigator of the PRIMER methodology. ‘Hands-on’ lab sessions will use real literature case studies, analysed with PRIMER. Participants are also encouraged to bring some of their own data to the course. No prior statistical knowledge is assumed.

The workshop will be held in the Weedon Island Preserve Visitor’s Center, 1800 Weedon Island Drive NE, Saint Petersburg, FL 33702, USA (www.weedonislandpreserve.org). The Course fee is $1000 ($700 for full-time students). The fee includes a new edition of the course book, snacks at breaks and light lunches, but NOT the cost of PRIMER software, accommodation or other main meals. Information on nearby hotels, parking etc. and a copy of the registration form can be sought from the local organiser, Walt Jaap (wjaap@tampabay.rr.com. phone: 727-896-0521). However, registration for the course is solely through PRIMER-E in Plymouth, UK. Participants can register by e-mailing, posting or faxing the completed registration form to Cathy or Marg at the PRIMER-E office: email primer@primer-e.com, phone: 44 1752 837121, fax: 44 1752 837721, postal address PRIMER-E Ltd, 3 Meadow View, Lutton, Ivybridge, Devon PL21 9RH, UK.


Field Course in Coral Reef Ecology – Tropical Conservation Consortium (TCC)

The Tropical Conservation Consortium (TCC) is offering two field courses this coming September (2nd-22nd) and December/January (Dec 16th-Jan 3rd) in Bocas del Toro, Panama. This intensive 3-week course is designed to build advanced understanding of coral reef ecosystems and offer practical experience in marine ecology field research. Learning outcomes include comprehension of marine ecology; knowledge of Caribbean taxa and their ecology; scientific criticism; development, implementation, analysis, and presentation of an independent research project; beginning scientific diving; and practical field skills. Content presented through lecture is paired with field activities to reinforce concepts and ideas. University credit can be obtained for this course through your home institution. For more information, please visit the course webpage: http://tropicalcc.org/fieldcourses, or contact TCC: info@tropicalcc.org


2014 European Coral Reef Symposium Delayed

We regret to inform members that it has been necessary to postpone the next “European Coral Reef Symposium” which we were previously hoping to hold at the CRETAQUARIUM in Heraklion, Crete, Greece in early October 2014. We now hope that it may be possible to re-schedule the meeting for Spring 2015. Any member who would like to obtain further information or to assist with the organisation of meeting, please contact Aspasia Sterioti at the Crete Aquarium (email: aspasia@her.hcmr.gr). For more information on the Cretaquarium please see: www. cretaquarium.gr.


Coral Disease Mini-Symposium at Asia Pacific Regional Symposium (Taiwan, June 23-27th, 2014)

We would like announce that there will be a mini-symposium on ‘Coral Disease in the Asia-Pacific region’ at the upcoming 3rd Asia Pacific Coral Reef Symposium in Taiwan, 23-27th June 2014 (http://www.apcrs2014.com). Coral disease has emerged as a serious threat contributing to the decline of reefs all over the world. In the past few decades, there has been a sharp increase in the frequency and severity of coral diseases with resultant impacts on coral cover, species diversity and reef ecosystem structure and function. However, we know very little about the distribution, prevalence and cause of most coral diseases in the Asia-Pacific region. This mini-symposium is organized to provide an update on advances in marine disease research and management, and to build networks of coral disease scientists in the Asia-Pacific. We welcome abstracts and presentations on this topic and look forward to creating an Indo Pacific network of coral disease experts. Please submit your abstracts online to Mini-symposium #8 but if you have any questions or would like more information please contact Greta Aeby (greta@hawaii.edu) or Joanne Wilson (jwilsonmarine@gmail.com).


13th International Coral Reef Symposium

The 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS 13) will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii, June 19-24, 2016, and will be organised by ISRS. Arrangements and fund-raising are already well-advanced, but we are looking for members willing to chair and participate in the various organizational committees. We would also welcome input on ideas and activities that will enrich the experience of those attending the meeting. For example it is hoped that we can make use of expanding technology to set up regional hubs where coral reef scientists, students, managers and policy makers who are unable to travel to Hawaii, can still participate “electronically,” and would welcome feedback from those who would like to host some remote sites. Please do not hesitate to contact Bob Richmond or another ISRS officer.