Tropical Marine Ecotoxicology at 1998 SETAC Meeting

Gardiner, William W william.gardiner at
Mon Apr 20 13:23:12 EDT 1998

Fellow Coral-ers,

At this years Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry annual meeting,
there is a proposed session on Tropical Marine Ecotoxicology.  The abstract for
this session is presented below.  We are hoping bring some focus within SETAC
regarding anthropogenic effects on tropical mairne ecosystems.  If you would
like to present a paper at the 1998 Meeting in North Carolina this fall
(November 15-19), I would encourage you to submit an abstract.  Abstract forms
can be found at

Please note that the abstracts are due to SETAC on May 1, 1998.

I hope to see you at the meeting.

Bill Gardiner

This proposed session would highlight research conducted in Tropical Marine
Ecotoxicology.  Coral reefs, mangrove swamps, and seagrass beds are among the
most diverse and productive ecosystems worldwide, hosting a myriad of vertebrate
and invertebrate species.  Recent research indicates that coastal development
and resource extraction are now threatening these ecosystems, with new
discoveries of seagrass die-off, coral diseases, and mangrove abnormalities.
Physical and chemical factors are being attributed to the degradation and loss
of tropical marine habitat; however, there is still a scientific "black-hole"
regarding toxicology in the tropics.  It is urgent that SETAC address this
information gap.  Tropical Marine Ecotoxicology is an area of rapidly growing
research and an area of growing SETAC participation; however, previous
presentations have been fragmented into incongruous sessions.  The goals of this
session would be: 1) provide a focal point for those working in tropical marine
ecosystems, 2) review the current state of tropical marine ecosystems, 3)
present recent ecotoxicological developments, and 4) determine areas of future
research. This session would be of interest to members working in
tropical-subtropical marine science, would mesh with the "contaminant-disease
interaction" session, and would encompass the disciplines of toxicology,
chemistry, ecology, histopathology, fisheries, risk assessment and climate

William W. Gardiner
Research Scientist
Battelle Marine Sciences Laboratory
1529 West Sequim Bay Road
Sequim, WA  98382
ww_gardiner at

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