[Coral-List] 12th ICRS - Chemical ecology of coral reef ecosystems

DeBose, Jennifer DeBoseJ at si.edu
Tue Jul 12 15:08:52 EDT 2011

Dear Coral-listers,

We invite you to submit abstracts for the 12th ICRS mini-symposia 4b - Chemical ecology of coral reef ecosystems.

12th ICRS: Cairns, Queensland, Australia July 9-13th, 2012.

Theme: 4. Biophysical processes
Mini Symposia: 4b - Chemical ecology of coral reef ecosystems

Chemical interactions and landscapes: progress toward understanding the chemical ecology of coral reef ecosystems.

Convenors: Valerie Paul and Jennifer DeBose

Chemical interactions drive myriad processes within coral reef ecosystems. Coral reef organisms, from cyanobacteria to macroalgae, invertebrates and fish, utilize chemical interactions to mediate various processes, from defense and allelopathy to symbiosis and settlement. Current research is revealing the importance of understanding these interactions as coral reefs undergo phase shifts and continue their chemically-mediated processes under increased climate-level and localized stressors. Several questions emerge from recent investigations into the chemical ecology of reefs: 1) How are changes in reef communities influenced by chemical ecology, especially among disturbed versus healthy reefs?, 2) What is the importance of chemical ecology in symbioses and pathogenesis of reef organisms?, 3) How do chemical products of cyanobacteria and other harmful algae, affect reef organisms and communities?, 4) Can natural products and drug discovery promote reef conservation?, and 5) How will forecast conditions of climate change impact the chemical ecology of reef ecosystems? This session will highlight novel research on the chemical ecology of coral reefs and investigations into how these interactions change with the predicted changes in ocean conditions.
Abstract submission is open until 1 October 2011.

The full list of ICRS 2012 Themes and Mini-Symposia are now available on the ICRS 2012 conference website (www.icrs2012.com<http://www.icrs2012.com/<http://www.icrs2012.com/>>).

Valerie Paul and Jennifer DeBose

Jennifer DeBose, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
701 Seaway Dr.
Fort Pierce, FL 34949

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