Conference: Aquatic habitats as ecological islands

Francisco KELMO F.Kelmo at
Mon Jan 17 08:35:34 EST 2000

Dear all

I am pleased to invite all coral-list members to participate!

Meeting invitation - Aquatic habitats as ecological islands 
(sponsored by the British Ecological Society Aquatic Group and the 
Marine Biological Association)

Please find below details of a joint BES/MBA/FBA meeting to be held 
at the University of Plymouth in September 2000. We hope to see you 

Aquatic habitats as ecological islands
Tuesday 5 - Thursday 7 September 2000

There will be a joint meeting between the Aquatic Ecology Group of
the BES, the Marine Biological Association and the Freshwater
Biological Association on the above theme. The meeting will be held
at the Robbins conference centre at the University of Plymouth.

This meeting will address several topical issues in aquatic ecology
under the general subject of island biology and its applicability to
aquatic systems.  Paper and poster sessions on the first two days
will focus on: 

. Evolution and biogeography in freshwater and marine systems
. The role of dispersal in shaping aquatic assemblages
. Fragmentation and metapopulation dynamics
. Genetic differentiation in aquatic taxa

Papers addressing aspects of the topic outside these themes will
also be welcomed.

There will be a choice of field excursions on the final day, or a 
especial coral reef session depending on the number of coral reef 
people attending. 

We hope that this meeting will attract scientists working on a
diverse range of habitats within the aquatic realm and encourage the
search for commonality in patterns and processes among systems.

Guest speakers confirmed so far:

HARILAOS LESSIOS (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama)
Genetic isolation and genetic diversity of marine populations on
oceanic islands.

AXEL MEYER (University of Konstanz) Patterns and Processes in the
Evolution of Adaptive Radiations in East African Cichlid Fish

BETH OKAMURA (University of Reading)  
Waterfowl-mediated Dispersal in Freshwater Invertebrates

CHRIS TODD (University of St Andrews)  Larval Dispersal and
Population Differentiation in the Marine Environment:
Generalisations and Variations on a Theme

GEORGE TURNER (University of Southampton)
Title to be confirmed (Lake Malawi cichlids)

Provisional field excursions:

. Temporary wetlands on the Lizard Peninsula.
. Salcombe Bay seagrass beds.

Oral presentations will be of 15 minutes duration with five minutes
allowed for questions. Posters will be displayed throughout the
meeting, with a dedicated poster session also scheduled

Abstracts for papers and posters should be submitted by e-mail to
Simon Rundle on S.Rundle at If possible, please send
your abstract as an e-mail attachment in WORD-7 format. Closing date
for abstracts is 1st April 2000. The deadline for registration will
be 1st July 2000.

Abstract should not exceed 250 words in length should conform to the
example given below.

Corresponding Author: Dr Tom Jones, Department of Ecology,
University of Anywhere, Anywhere, XX1 1XX, United Kingdom 
Tel: 0111 111 1111, Fax:0111 111 1112 email: a.b.jones at 

Preferred Form of Presentation: Oral Paper

Authors: JONES, T., SMITH, P.S. (University of Anywhere)
The influence of habitat patch size on the communities within
seagrass meadows. 
Abstract_(250 words maximum)

The abstract selection process will be undertaken in the first week
of April. Full details of registration, accommodation booking, etc.
will be forwarded to all participants at this stage. Full
registration details will appear in the May BES bulletin and on the
web site (see below). 

The conference fee of stlg50 will include an abstract booklet, all
lunches, an evening boat cruise (with food) and a reception at the
MBA. Accommodation in the Robbins conference centre at the
University of Plymouth will be available at a cost of approximately
stlg25 per night bed and breakfast. For more details on the call for
papers, registration and accommodation, visit the web site: or contact Dr Simon Rundle,
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Plymouth, Drake
Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA. Tel: 01752 232967. FAX 01752 232970.
E-mail: srundle at
Francisco Kelmo
Coral Reef Ecology
Benthic Ecology Research Group
613 Davy Building, University of Plymouth,
Drake Circus, Devon, PL4 8AA
United Kingdon.
Phone: +44 (0)1752 232951 (Lab) +44 (0)870 710 5741 (home)
Fax: +44 (0)1752 232970
E-mail: fkelmo at

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