Cambridge2002-call for papers

Chris T Perry C.T.Perry at
Thu Jan 10 11:47:13 EST 2002

Apologies for those who could not read this the first time due to
overwrite. Hope this now all makes sense!

European Meeting of the International Society for Reef Studies,
Cambridge, UK, 4 - 7th September 2002

Call for papers:

Below is a call for papers for a thematic session on “Marginal and
non-reef building coral environments” to be run at the European
Meeting of the ISRS in Cambridge (September 2002). See website

If you are interested in contributing to this session please contact
either Chris Perry or Piers Larcombe (contacts below).

Thematic session - ’Marginal’ and non-reef building coral environments

Coral reef communities occupying low latitude, warm, clear-water
settings are typically associated with the development of spatially
and bathymetrically significant reef structures. Coral communities may
occur to depths of 80+ m, and at shallow sites may exhibit rapid net
accretion rates. There is, however, a growing recognition that many
tropical coral communities also occur outside of these ‘optimal’
environmental settings. These include;

·high latitude environments

·high turbidity sites

·fluvially-influenced sites

·upwelling-influenced areas

·high salinity settings

Under these varied marginal conditions, reef framework is often either
restricted or, in extreme cases, entirely absent. These settings are,
however, of significant interest from both biological and geological
perspectives since they emphasise the highly variable nature of reef
and coral community structure. They may still harbour an important
array of tropical coral-related species and are often locally
important from socio-economic perspectives. In addition, the marginal
nature of such reefs (perhaps close to the environmental thresholds
for coral survival) may make such sites particularly susceptible to
environmental disturbance and climatic change. From the geological
perspective there are interesting questions relating to the nature of
marginal reef growth, their accumulation potential and the processes
of carbonate cycling (including bioerosion, encrustation etc). Such
marginal sites may also have potential as appropriate analogues for
the highly diverse coral-dominated settings that are preserved in the
fossil record.

The aim of this thematic session is to bring together researchers from
a wide range of disciplines (oceanography, ecology, geology,
conservation, management) to discuss the varied character, processes
and issues relevant to more marginal coral-dominated settings.
Potential topics might include (but are not limited to);

Geological evolution and significance
Sedimentary settings
Species assemblages and ecological significance
Coral physiology
Environmental disturbance
Management and conservation
Abstracts and expressions of interest for talks or posters should be
sent to the session convenors. Abstracts should follow the format
specified on the meeting website: Dr Chris Perry

Dept. of Env & Geog Sciences,
Manchester Metropolitan University
E-mail: c.t.perry at

Dr Piers Larcombe

School of Earth Sciences,
James Cook University,

E-mail: piers.larcombe at

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