[Coral-List] coral fragment transport protocols?

dhireshjoshi at gmail.com dhireshjoshi at gmail.com
Sat Jan 15 13:25:11 EST 2011

Dear All,
Can anyone please help me with a contact where I can get the protocols for
the transport of live coral fragments [Acropora species in particular]
Thanks in advance
Dhiresh Joshi
Wildlife trust of India
dhiresh at wti.org.in

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   1. World Conference of Marine Biodiversity: session # 18
      Biodiversity of Coral Reefs (Hoeksema, B.W.)
   2. Re: Fwd: No geology,Plenary Speakers Program (Michael Risk)
   3. Re: Fwd: No geology,Plenary Speakers Program (David M. Lawrence)
   4. Earthwatch call for proposals - Galapagos (Debbie Winton)
   5. Info/references on coral skeleton cleaning protocols (Sam Kahng)


Message: 1
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2011 18:02:51 +0100
From: "Hoeksema, B.W." <Bert.Hoeksema at ncbnaturalis.nl>
Subject: [Coral-List] World Conference of Marine Biodiversity: session
	# 18	Biodiversity of Coral Reefs
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World Conference on Marine Biodiversity, Aberdeen (Scotland). 26 - 30
September 2011, 

Announcement of session #18 on the Biodiversity of Coral Reefs


Coral reefs are well known for their high biodiversity, especially in
the Coral Triangle. It is vital to understand the conditions for this
diversity, also concerning reefs that are less diverse in life, both in
the tropics and in deeper, cold waters. The session aims to deal with
all aspects of coral reef biodiversity, such as genetic diversity,
species richness and habitat heterogeneity. Session contributions are
preferred to be integrative, like dealing with relations between species
richness and habitat heterogeneity or species conservation, but not with
species lists or descriptions of new species. Papers dealing with
interspecific associations of reef-dwelling organisms are also welcomed.
For participants who wish to publish their contribution in proceedings,
we plan to contact an international scientific journal in order to
compile manuscripts for a special issue.

Contacts: Dr. Bert W. Hoeksema, NCB Naturalis, Leiden; Dr. Alex Rogers,
Zoological Society London; Ms. Sancia E.T. van der Meij, NCB Naturalis,

Bert.Hoeksema at ncbnaturalis.nl <mailto:Bert.Hoeksema at ncbnaturalis.nl> ,
alex.rogers at zoo.ox.ac.uk <mailto:alex.rogers at zoo.ox.ac.uk>  and
Sancia.vanderMeij at ncbnaturalis.nl
<mailto:Sancia.vanderMeij at ncbnaturalis.nl> 


A number of themed sessions have been announced; visit
&srctid=1&erid=991239>  to find out more.

Abstract submission deadline 31 January 2011; visit
39>  to submit.

Visit http://www.marine-biodiversity.org/programme/
239>  for more programme information.

A number of associated meetings will take place before, during or after
the conference, visit
9858&srctid=1&erid=991239>  to find out more.


Dr. Bert W. Hoeksema
Head, Department of Marine Zoology

Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis
P.O. Box 9517, 2300 RA  Leiden, The Netherlands

Darwinweg 2, 2333 CR  Leiden, The Netherlands
www.ncbnaturalis.nl <http://www.ncbnaturalis.nl/> 



Message: 2
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2011 12:13:01 -0500
From: Michael Risk <riskmj at mcmaster.ca>
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] Fwd: No geology,Plenary Speakers Program
To: "David M. Lawrence" <dave at fuzzo.com>
Cc: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
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Good day.

In response to the posts by Gene Shinn and Bob Ginsburg,  you ask "how
important are any geological questions compared to those listed below?"-
which is a fair question, but not the right one.

 If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. As
far as I am aware, this is the first time any complaints have been
registered about choices of plenary speakers at these conferences, although
it needs also to be said that this is probably the first time there has been
no representative from the earth sciences.  [Although here I need to point
out that I have never seen any clear dividing line between biology and
geology, which is why I had no difficulty accepting Jamaluddin Jompa-a
biologist-into graduate school, where he earned an excellent master's degree
in, wait for it, geology.]

If there really is an issue here, then the Organizing Committee should
provide a list of the criteria they used in their selection process. But I
return to my original point, which is that importance depends on one's point
of view. David's question would ask us to rank the importance of questions,
which is an activity which is fraught... Bob points out the importance of
mesophytic reef systems, an area in which he has been a prime mover.

Let me pose to you a hypothetical set of circumstances. Let's say I am an
organizing committee of one, charged with selecting plenary speakers for the
next Congress. My choices strike at the heart of two of the major stressors:
sediments and sewage. I propose the following speakers:

Mike Field, USGS. His group is currently doing the finest work on sediments
in coral reefs that has ever been done. Their research points the way to
methods of detecting and avoiding this threat.

Owen Sherwood, Imperial Oil. His research has demonstrated how long climate
records can be obtained from deepwater corals, the new archive of climate
change, without which none of the models can properly be calibrated. In
addition, his recent research has showed us how coral records in shallow
water can be used as objective tracers of sewage stress. 

I then announce that, in the opinion of the Organizing Committee of Mike, we
will only have two plenary speakers, because the questions they answer are
far more important than the questions on which many biologists work. I can
only imagine the howls, as a different ox is gored...

Dr. Michael J Risk
Professor of Biology and Geology


Message: 3
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2011 12:33:31 -0500
From: "David M. Lawrence" <dave at fuzzo.com>
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] Fwd: No geology,Plenary Speakers Program
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The activity may be "fraught..." but the activity is engaged in all the 
time in science.  We all know this.  Some questions are interesting, but 
not important.  Some questions may be important, if not all that 
interesting.  Some good research may be dismissed as SOS (same old ...).

The old criteria for a dissertation that I used to hear was "a major 
contribution to knowledge," which in itself implies that someone goes 
through the "activity" to determine whether a particular project is 
worth undertaking, or whether it is worth the conferring of a degree.  
Sure, someone's ox gets gored if they work is deemed too unimportant to 
be of much worth (despite the propaganda about the value of 
curiosity-driven research).

So my question still seems to be a right one, if not "the" right one.  
(I doubt there is a "the" right question.)  What is going on from a 
geological standpoint that would be worthy of a plenary session in 
itself?  My guess is that the geological perspective will be 
incorporated into many of those sessions.  What we need are people who 
understand and can communicate the progress of, interdisciplinary 
contributions to, and significance of the research, rather than a quota 
system ensuring that a sufficient number of folks with x, y, or z 
written on their sheepskin are headliners.


On 1/14/2011 12:13 PM, Michael Risk wrote:
> If there really is an issue here, then the Organizing Committee should
provide a list of the criteria they used in their selection process. But I
return to my original point, which is that importance depends on one's point
of view. David's question would ask us to rank the importance of questions,
which is an activity which is fraught... Bob points out the importance of
mesophytic reef systems, an area in which he has been a prime mover.

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Message: 4
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2011 17:45:18 -0000
From: "Debbie Winton" <dwinton at earthwatch.org.uk>
Subject: [Coral-List] Earthwatch call for proposals - Galapagos
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Dear all,


International environmental NGO Earthwatch is currently requesting
proposals for marine research projects in the Galapagos. Funding will be
for fielding starting in 2012. Details are on our website, and below



Interested scientists must complete a concept note
by February 28th. Please contact Samantha Burgess on
sburgess at earthwatch.org.uk  if you have any questions.


Many thanks,




Request for Proposals for Field Research: Ecosystems and Biodiversity of
the Galapagos 

Earthwatch Institute is an international non-profit organization with
the mission to "engage people worldwide in scientific field research and
education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a
sustainable environment." Earthwatch is currently seeking proposals from
field-based researchers to provide grants to address questions on the
ecology and conservation of the unique marine and/or terrestrial
biodiversity of the Galapagos. The research should focus on
understanding ecosystem health and connectivity and/or species
interactions with the aim of informing successful ecosystem based
management. We are looking to support projects that improve our
understanding of local anthropogenic and climate change threats and that
inform management efforts to ensure functional ecosystems on a remote
island archipelago. Of particular interest are species with high
endemism or biodiversity value, those that are important as a human
resource, and flagship or high-profile species. 


Earthwatch will only consider proposals for field research that have a
strong rationale for requiring involvement of non-specialists
(Earthwatch volunteers) in data collection, scientific observation, or a
variety of research tasks. Earthwatch volunteers are highly motivated
citizens from around the world who are dedicated to improving
environmental understanding. A typical project would employ 6 to 12
volunteers each on 4 to 8 teams per fielding season. Each team normally
spends 1 to 2 weeks in the field. Projects which would allow school
groups to participate are desirable. All volunteers speak English, and
projects must be conducted in English. 


Earthwatch encourages proposals that are interdisciplinary and/or
transnational. Preference will be given to projects that directly
contribute to environmental or social change on the ground and that have
a strong community and/or educational component. Professionals from any
nationality are eligible to apply. 


Concept Notes and Proposals 

Concept Notes for projects starting in spring or summer 2012 will be
accepted Monday 28th February 2011. Invitations for full Research
Proposals will be communicated in late March. Applications are to be
submitted in English. 

Research topics that may be considered for funding include, but are not
limited to: 

* Increasing understanding of the win-wins of biodiversity conservation
and provision of ecosystem services by protected areas and surrounding
landscapes to local communities, the region and internationally 

* Biodiversity and conservation of the marine environment, including
research relating to sustainable fishing and protection of large
migratory species such as sharks and tuna. 

* Development of effective adaptive ecosystem- based management for
species and habitat conservation. 



A minimum annual grant of $20,000 USD is available to cover research
related costs, which can include the following if appropriate: equipment
(under $1000 USD), tools, supplies, research permits, scientist
transport to the field, support staff, staff and scientist food and
accommodation while running volunteer teams. The grant cannot be used
for scientist salaries, overhead, capital equipment, and other expenses
not directly related to the project. Volunteer costs in the field
(volunteer accommodation, food and transport in the field) will be
funded by Earthwatch separately from the research grant. The field
research grants are tenable for three years, and potentially renewable
in the fourth year. 



* Comfortable accommodations for the proposed project must be located a
reasonable travel distance from the research site(s) in order to travel
back and forth daily. 

* Time for scheduled recreational activities enabling volunteers to
explore the surrounding area and experience cultural aspects are


For additional information about Earthwatch's application process see
our website:

All questions and Concept Note submissions should be directed to: 

Dr. Samantha Burgess (marine) sburgess at earthwatch.org.uk * Dr. Thomas
Dietsch (terrestrial) tdietsch at earthwatch.org




Debbie Winton

Senior Research Officer

Earthwatch Institute | Mayfield House | 256 Banbury Road | Oxford | OX2
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Message: 5
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2011 11:04:54 -1000
From: Sam Kahng <samkahng at hotmail.com>
Subject: [Coral-List] Info/references on coral skeleton cleaning
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Dear Coral-listers,
We are seeking ways in which to thoroughly clean coral skeletons in
preparation to measure high precision optical properties (with the calcium
carbonate structure in tact). Apparently repeated, rigorous bleaching and
rinsing with sodium hypochlorite and distilled water does not remove all
organic matter (or at least all combustible carbon). High temperature
combustion does remove the remaining organic carbon but leaves a significant
amount grey ash residue integrated in the skeletal matrix. If anyone knows
of any cleaning protocols that can effectively remove all organic matter
without altering the microscale structural integrity of the calcium
carbonate skeleton, I would appreciate any leads. Alternatively, we are
interested in any effective protocol for cleaning post-combustion ash
residue from the calcium carbonate skeleton. I am not a geochemist so I
suspect we are missing a number of considerations. 
Mahalo for your assistance,


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