[Coral-List] Call for abstracts - ICRS 2012 - Effects of Ocean Acidification - due by Oct 1

Chris Langdon clangdon at rsmas.miami.edu
Thu Jul 21 08:50:44 EDT 2011

We would like to invite you to submit an abstract for the mini-symposium
"Effects of Ocean Acidification" (8d) at the 12th International Coral Reef
Symposium to be held in Cairns, Australia from the 9-13 July 2012.




Effects of Ocean Acidification


Ocean acidification can impact organisms and ecosystems in many ways.  At
the organismal level it can affect the fitness of the organism by impeding
the ability to build a skeleton or shell.  The increased metabolic cost of
maintaining an optimal internal pH for calcification and other metabolic
processes may have other consequences such as higher respiration rates and
nutritional requirements, decreased scope for growth, decreased resources
for reproduction, and decreased resources to cope with other environmental
stressors.  We also know that OA conditions can impact animal behaviors
through effects on their sensory systems.  At the ecosystem level we can
expect to find changes in community structure as some species find
themselves at a competitive advantage or disadvantage.  Predator-prey
interactions may change as defensive mechanisms and behaviors are
strengthened or weakened. Impacts at the ecosystem level may first be
detectable as changes in carbon allocation, the ratio of primary production
to calcification and the balance between calcification and dissolution.  We
also welcome studies that look at the buffer capacity of the differing coral
reef sediments to a lower pH environment.  Please consider submitting an
abstract to this session if your work addresses any of these issues.





Please submit your abstracts through the 12th ICRS web site
(http://www.icrs2012.com) before October 1st.


Chris Langdon

Katharina Fabricius

Bradley Opdyke


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