Large scale reef Bali

Peter J Mumby p.j.mumby at
Fri Mar 17 13:15:08 EST 2000

Dear Coral-listers

Ron Karlson and I are organising a mini-symposium at the 9ICRS (Bali 23-27
October) entitled "Large scale ecology of coral reefs: Linking
biogeography, meta-communities, and local ecological dynamics".

If you are interested in presenting a paper at this mini-symposium, please
send an abstract to David Hopley (David.Hopley at and to
either myself (p.j.mumby at or Ron (R.Karlson at When
contacting David Hopley, please indicate which mini-symposium you intend to
present at. 

Instructions for abstract submission can be found on the conference home
page ( The deadline for abstract
submission is 30 APRIL 2000.

Read on for further information on the mini-symposium, otherwise we look
forward to seeing you in Bali!

Best wishes

Peter (and Ron)

Mini-symposium Abstract

The processes governing the population and community dynamics of coral
reef organisms encompass a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. For
example, larval supply, settlement, and post-settlement mortality all
influence recruitment to coral reefs. These biological processes are, in
turn, influenced by oceanic-scale currents, regional-scale circulation,
coastal environmental variation as well as by local variation in
microhabitat availability and biotic interactions. Likewise, species
richness on coral reefs is controlled by regional TECO (tectonic,
eustatic, climatic, and oceanographic) processes, evolutionary history,
and local environmental variables (e.g., habitat, depth, biotic
interactions). Thus a balanced understanding of coral reef ecology
requires that we integrate processes across these multiple scales.

This mini-symposium aims to draw participants interested in the relative
importance and linkage of local and large-scale processes on the dynamics
of populations or communities on coral reefs. The scope is broad so as to
include all major taxa (reef invertebrates, vertebrates, and algae). It is
hoped that the mini-symposium will stimulate interaction between
researchers investigating large scale-dependent processes (e.g., larval
entrainment in coastal and oceanic currents) and those exploring smaller
scale variation in population and community structure. Where appropriate,
participants are encouraged to consider the implications of their results
for the functioning of coral reefs (e.g. creation of sand and other
building materials, coastal protection, fisheries productivity,maintenance
of biodiversity).

Dr Peter J. Mumby
Research Fellow

Centre for Tropical Coastal Management Studies
Department of Marine Science and Coastal Management
Ridley Building
The University
Newcastle upon Tyne
tel: +44 (0)191 222 6228
fax: +44 (0)191 222 7891
email: p.j.mumby at
web: CTCMS at

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