[Coral-List] Fwd: No geology,Plenary Speakers Program

David M. Lawrence dave at fuzzo.com
Thu Jan 13 23:36:37 EST 2011

   In reviewing the topics the plenary speakers are to address at the next
   ICRS, I have to ask, how important are any geological questions compared to
   those listed below?  It seems to me what is most important is the nature of
   the questions asked and how relevant they are in the context of the issues
   affecting coral reefs now and how exciting and revolutionary they are in
   terms of the science being developed now.
   On 1/13/2011 2:01 PM, Robert Ginsburg wrote:

     -------- Original Message --------
     Subject:     No geology,Plenary Speakers Program
     Date:     Thu, 13 Jan 2011 12:46:40 -0500
     From:     Robert Ginsburg [1]<rginsburg at rsmas.miami.edu>
     Organization:     University of Miami/RSMAS
     To:         12th     International     Coral     Reef     Symposium
     [2]<SuellenH at icmsaust.com.au>

     Dear Local Organizing Committee 12th ICRS,

     I wrirte to echo a query from Eugene Shinn who expressed concern about the
     absence of any plenary talk related to geology of coral reefs.  I find it
     astonishing that an Australian Organizing Committee failed to include a
     Plenary geologically oriented talk when Australia has contributed so much
     to coral reef geology. Moreover, the results of new core drilling on the
     GBR call into question previous interpretation of the history of this
     world standard reef complex. Furthermore geological explorers had a
     seminal role in the development of a new frontier of reef research, the
     Mesophotic Coral Ecosystem (30-80m).

     Robert N. Ginsburg, Professor Emeritus
     Rosenstiel School Of Marine and
     Atmospheric Science
     Division of Marine Geology and Geophysics
     Mailing Address University of Miami RSMAS/MGG
     4600 Rickenbacker Cswy.
     Miami, FL 33149
     Phone (305) 421-4875; Fax (305) 421-4094 or 4632

     *The Local Organising Committee is pleased to announce eight eminent
     Plenary Speakers presenting at ICRS 2012 in Cairns, Australia, 9 - 13 July
     *Denis Allemand*
     /Centre Scientifique de Monaco, Monaco/
     *Coral Calcification: from Cell Physiology to Ocean Acidification *
     Denis Allemand is Professor of Biology at the University of Nice-Sophia
     Antipolis and Scientific Director of the Centre Scientifique de Monaco. He
     obtained his PhD in pharmacological sciences in 1986 from the University
     of Montpellier II (France). His main field of research is on comparative
     physiology of marine organisms, in particular reef-building corals. He has
     published over 100-refereed papers and numerous book chapters.
     Allemand's recent work on corals has placed particular emphasis on both
     biomineralization  and symbiosis in corals. He is interested in the
     mechanism of formation of coral skeleton and more particularly on the
     physiology   of   skeletogenesis  (ion  transport,  organic  matrix
     characterization) and effects of environmental changes such as ocean
     acidification. He is also interested in the mutual adaptation of both
     partners  (animal  host  and  zooxanthellae) of the coral symbiotic
     association  to  the  symbiotic state, and more particularly to the
     physiological, molecular and genomic relationship between zooxanthellae
     and their host.
     He is a member of numerous scientific committees including the Scientific
     and Technical Committee of the Foundation Prince Albert II, the Scientific
     Committee of the Oceanographic Institute - Foundation Prince Albert I, the
     Scientific  Committee of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes `Etudes, the
     Administration   Council   of  the  Observatoire  Oceanologique  de
     Villefranche/Mer and he is also a member of the European Academy of Arts,
     Sciences and Humanities. His interests also extend to archaeology and he
     has published extensively on his work in Provence.
     *Ove Hoegh-Guldberg*
     /University of Queensland, Australia/
     *Coral Reefs and Global Change: Where do the Solutions Lie?*
     Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is Professor of Marine Studies, Director of the Global
     Change Institute at the University of Queensland and Deputy-Director of
     the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. He leads a research
     laboratory with over 25 researchers and postgraduate students who are
     focused on understanding global warming and ocean acidification and its
     effect on coral reefs.
     Hoegh-Guldberg has published over 185 peer-reviewed publications and is
     currently Coordinating Lead Author for the 'Oceans' chapter within the
     IPCC 5th assessment report. He is the third most-cited author globally
     within the peer-reviewed literature on climate change (past 10 years). In
     addition to his research and administrative roles, he is also a regular
     contributor to the media, with his work featuring on the ABC (Catalyst),
     BBC (with Sir David Attenborough) and NBC (with Tom Brokaw). He is an
     active member of Climate Scientists Australia and maintains the science
     blog [3]www.climateshifts.org [4]<http://www.climateshifts.org> .
     Hoegh-Guldberg was recognised with the Eureka Prize in 1999 for research
     by an Australian scientist under 40. In 2009 he was awarded the Queensland
     Smart State Premier's Fellowship.
     *Jamaluddin Jompa*
     /Hasanuddin University, Indonesia/
     *Scientific and Management Challenges in Conserving the Reefs in the Coral
     Triangle Region: Lessons Learnt from Indonesia*
     Jamaluddin Jompa is a Professor and Director of the Center for Coral Reef
     Research at Hasanuddin University in Makassar, Indonesia.
     He is one of Indonesia's prominent coral reef scientists and in 2007
     established the Indonesian Coral Reef Society of which he is currently the
     In addition to conducting research on coral reef ecology and management,
     especially in Eastern Indonesia, he has also been involved in helping the
     Indonesian Government as the Executive Secretary of one of the biggest
     coral  reef  management projects, the Coral Reef Rehabilitation and
     Management Program (COREMAP II).
     In the last 3 years, Jompa has also played important roles in the Coral
     Triangle Initiative (CTI) at both national and regional levels.
     *Geoffrey Jones *
     /James Cook University, Australia/
     *Marine Reserves: Importance of Local Connectivity for Fish, Fishers and
     Geoff Jones is a Professor in the School of Marine and Tropical Biology
     and a member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. He
     completed his PhD at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and spent
     periods at the Universities of Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland before
     moving to James Cook University. He was awarded a Chair in 2006. He is one
     of the world's most cited authors in the fields of coral reef ecology and
     marine  conservation  biology,  with  over  160 refereed scientific
     publications in peer-reviewed journals and books.
     His special interests are in the processes determining the structure and
     dynamics of reef fish populations, and strategies to reduce human impacts
     on threatened fish species. In 1995, he began to develop new approaches to
     determine the fate of reef fish larvae, which until that time had remained
     a mystery. Jones and collaborators were the first to tag and recapture
     marine fish larvae. He has since become a world leader in the field of
     marine population connectivity and its implications for the ecology,
     conservation and management of reef fish populations.
     His recent studies in the understanding of local population connectivity
     demonstrate  the  benefits of marine reserve networks for reef fish
     conservation and sustainable harvesting.
     *Peter Kareiva*
     /Chief Scientist of The Nature Conservancy, USA/
     *Just How Fragile are Coral Reefs? - It Depends*
     Peter  Kareiva  is Chief Scientist and Vice President of The Nature
     Conservancy  -  the  world's  largest  conservation  Non-Government
     Organisation. He received his PhD in 1981 from Cornell University. He has
     been on the faculty at Brown University, Stanford University, University
     of Washington, and Santa Clara University. He has also worked for NOAA
     Fisheries, and in 2007 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and
     Kareiva has authored over 100 scientific articles in such diverse fields
     as mathematical biology, fisheries science, insect ecology, risk analysis,
     genetically  engineered organisms, agricultural ecology, population
     viability analysis, landscape ecology and global climate change. He
     cofounded (with Gretchen Daily and Taylor Ricketts) the Natural Capital
     Project [5]<http://www.naturalcapitalproject.org/home04.html> , which
     seeks to develop credible tools that allow routine valuation of Nature's
     assets  (or  ecosystem  services) in a way that informs the choices
     governments and businesses make concerning natural resources.
     In  addition  to conducting research, Kareiva believes that general
     communications and writing are essential in science, and has written (with
     Dr. Michelle Marvier) the conservation textbook Conservation Science:
     Balancing the Needs of People and Nature
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     *Jane Lubchenco *
     /Under  Secretary  of  Commerce  for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA
     Administrator, USA/
     *From Science to Policy: Using Science to Inform Coral Reef Conservation
     and Management*
     On March 20, 2009 Jane Lubchenco was sworn in as the ninth and first woman
     Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
     (NOAA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Raised in Denver,
     Colorado, Lubchenco received a BA in biology from Colorado College, a
     Masters in zoology from the University of Washington and a PhD in ecology
     from Harvard University. Lubchenco has studied marine ecosystems around
     the world and championed the importance of science and its relevance to
     policy making and human well-being. Her scientific expertise includes
     oceans, climate change, and interactions between the environment and human
     well-being.  While teaching at Harvard (1975-1977) and Oregon State
     University (1977-2009), she was actively engaged in discovery, synthesis,
     communication, and application of scientific knowledge.
     A former president of the American Association for the Advancement of
     Science (AAAS), the International Council for Science and the Ecological
     Society of America, she served 10 years on the National Science Board
     (Board of Directors for the National Science Foundation). From 1999-2009
     she led PISCO, a large 4-university, interdisciplinary team of scientists
     investigating the large marine ecosystem along the coasts of Washington,
     Oregon and California. Lubchenco co-founded three organizations that
     communicate scientific knowledge to the public, policy makers, the media
     and industry and also served on the Pew Oceans Commission, the Joint
     Oceans Commission Initiative, the Aspen Institute Arctic Commission and
     the Council of Advisors for Google Ocean.
     *Helene Marsh*
     /James Cook University, Australia/
     *Conserving  Coral  Reef  Megafauna:  Issues of Ecological Process,
     Biodiversity, Cultural Diversity and Food Security*
     Helene Marsh is Professor of Environmental Science and Dean of Graduate
     Research Studies at James Cook University. She was awarded her PhD from
     James  Cook  University.  She  is an international authority on the
     conservation biology of tropical coastal megafauna: dugongs, sea turtles
     and cetaceans. Marsh is committed to informing solutions to conservation
     problems and collaborates widely with natural and social scientists and
     stakeholders including Traditional Owners.
     Much of Marsh's research and that of her post-doctoral fellows and 70+
     research students has been in the field of dugong population ecology and
     conservation. She has authored more than 150 publications (books, book
     chapters and papers). Her research has informed conservation planning and
     management  in  11 countries. Marsh is Co-Chair of the IUCN Sirenia
     Specialist Group and is President-Elect of the International Society of
     Marine Mammalogy. Her contributions have been recognised by several
     international awards and by her election as a Fellow of the Australian
     Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
     *Madeleine van Oppen*
     /Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia/
     *Can Old Corals Learn New Tricks?*
     Madeleine van Oppen is the Director of the Centre for Marine Microbiology
     and Genetics at the Australian Institute of Marine Science. She was
     trained in marine (molecular) ecology in the Netherlands. After having
     studied zooplankton communities and herbivorous coral reef fish (MSc),
     cold-water seaweeds (PhD in the Netherlands), and African cichlid fishes
     (postdoc in the UK), she started her research on reef corals in 1997 at
     James Cook University, Australia. In 2001 she moved to the Australian
     Institute of Marine Science, where she is a principal research scientist
     leading a program on the genetics/genomics of adaptation/acclimatisation
     and resilience of corals to climate change. She has authored over 90 peer
     reviewed journal articles.
     Van Oppen has recently expanded her research program to include the
     development of genetic tools for certain coral reef management strategies
     and an assessment of the impacts and likely success of these management
     strategies  (e.g.,  introduction of beneficial alleles into certain
     populations through translocation of corals harbouring such alleles).
     In 2011 van Oppen was awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council
     Future Fellowship to study coral-associated viruses.
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