[Coral-List] 11th ICRS Mini-Symposium 20: Modeling concepts & processes on coral reefs

Dan Brumbaugh dbrumbaugh at amnh.org
Wed Sep 12 14:53:40 EDT 2007


Dear Colleagues:

We would like to invite you to participate in Mini-Symposium 20,
"Modeling concepts & processes on coral reefs", being held at the 11th
International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,
7-11 July 2008.

The 11th ICRS science program will address scientific questions within
the framework of a series of Mini-Symposia developed to address problems
and issues on contemporary coral reefs and assist management to sustain
future reefs.  The complete list of mini-symposia is available at

The central theme for the 11th ICRS is "REEFS FOR THE FUTURE." The
Symposium goals are to provide a scientific basis for coral-reef
ecosystem management by articulating the state of the science with
respect to current and emerging stressors; improve the understanding of
reef condition, function, and productivity; and grow the fields of
coral-reef ecosystem science, conservation, and multidisciplinary
research by facilitating the exchange of ideas.

Key topics and questions for the "Modeling concepts & processes on coral
reefs" session include, but are not limited to

1) What are the key biophysical and socioeconomic processes that can
effectively predict trajectories of decline, stasis, or recovery of
coral reefs?

2) How can biophysical and socio-economic processes be coupled to model
the future of reefs?

3) What conceptual, qualitative, analytical, or numerical models are
currently available to link improved coastal management with changes in
coral reefs?

4) What are the trade-offs between simpler and more complex (e.g., data
rich) models and algorithms for better understanding of key ecological
processes and for applications to conservation planning?

Details of the conference can be found at http://www.nova.edu/ncri/11icrs/.
The deadline for abstract submission is 15 November 2007, and abstracts
must be submitted to http://www.nova.edu/ncri/11icrs/abstracts.html.
Authors wishing to present in this session should select Mini-Symposium
20.  Oral presentations (one per person) will then be selected by the
session chairs based on merit and relevance and will be as inclusive as
possible, spanning participants from new students to established

Please feel free to forward this message on to others, and if you have
any questions about this mini-symposium, please contact one of the

Dan Brumbaugh
American Museum of Natural History, Center for Biodiversity & Conservation
(brumba at amnh.org)

Kenny Broad
University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
(kbroad at rsmas.miami.edu)

Carrie Kappel
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
(kappel at nceas.ucsb.edu)


Dan Brumbaugh, Ph.D.
Senior Conservation Scientist
Center for Biodiversity and Conservation
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY  10024-5192
tel: (212) 496-3494; fax: (212) 769-5277
email: brumba at amnh.org
Skype: dan.brumbaugh

Visiting Scientist
National Marine Protected Areas Center, Science Institute
NOAA Fisheries Lab
110 Shaffer Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5730
tel: (831) 420-3963; fax: (831) 420-3979


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