[Coral-List] Current state of research in corals?

jmcmanus jmcmanus at rsmas.miami.edu
Tue May 30 10:25:11 EDT 2006

Hi Wade,

We held international workshops to establish research needs for coral reef
management in the Caribbean and globally. You can get copies at
http://www.ncoremiami.org/press/links.htm of

"Research Priorities for Coral Reefs in the Caribbean" and 
"The Future of Decision Support for Coral Reef Management"  

Outside of that, a good approach to finding out what is going on in reef
research, outside of Coral_list, is to peruse the last year of Coral Reefs
(journal), the International Coral Reef Symposium Proceedings (last one
published 2002, with 2004 coming out soon) (online at www.reefbase.org), and
the recommendations from the most recent International Tropical Marine
Ecosystem Management Symposium (ITMEMS2)
(http://www.icriforum.org/itmems.html). If you are hoping to do research
with reef management relevancy, you might want to attend ITMEMS 3 in
Cozumel, October 16-20, this year (http://www.itmems.org/index.htm). The
Asia-Pacific Coral Reef Symposium will be held in Hong Kong in late June,
2006 (http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/bio/APCRS/invitations.htm). Of course, don't
miss the International Coral Reef Symposium in Ft. Lauderdale in mid-2008. 


John W. McManus, PhD
Professor, Marine Biology and Fisheries
Coral Reef Ecology and Management Laboratory (CREM Lab)
Director, National Center for Coral Reef Research (NCORE)
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
University of Miami, 33149
Office: 305-421-4814/4820, Fax: 305-421-4910, Website: www.ncoremiami.org
If I cannot build it, I do not understand it. -- Richard Feynman, Nobel

-----Original Message-----
From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
[mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of D. Wade Lehmann
Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 9:46 AM
To: Coral-List at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
Subject: [Coral-List] Current state of research in corals?

As a recent graduate, I have been attempting to find out where current
research is focused in regards to coral and coral reef and environmental
interaction in order to shape my own future.  In that vein, I had a couple
of questions regarding direction and focus and I'd welcome any opinions.

I realize that answers will vary dependant on the person providing the
answer, but I would like to find out what the current state of the science
is so that I can pursue a post-doc that will help provide the techniques
which will benefit the reefs (and myself) the most.

1- Is there a mechanism by which the public can browse current
NSF/NOAA/etc grant funding to see where current funding has been directed?

2- Is there more focus on molecular biology, analytical, biomarker, or
histopathological methods currently? Is one likely to be more valuable
than another?

3- Where does the field need to be focused in the next 5-10 years in order
to progress?  Do we need better definition of genome maps, well defined
markers of exposure to toxicants or bleaching, a better understanding of
gene expression or protein function, more mechanistic approaches to reef
restoration/transplantation, or other avenues?  Which is more important in
your opinion?

Thank you for any discussion!

D. Wade Lehmann
Dept Environmental and Molecular Toxicology
PHP Department, College of Vet Medicine
4700 Hillsborough St, CVM Research Bldg
Raleigh, NC 27606
919-515-7402 (lab)
919-515-4237 (fax)
There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets
knowledge, the latter ignorance. Hippocrates (460 BC - 377 BC), Law

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