[Coral-List] Pre-announcement 37th AMLC Meeting, May 18-22, Curacao

Mark Vermeij carmabilog at gmail.com
Fri Jul 18 15:08:55 EDT 2014

*37th Annual Scientific Meeting of the AMLC*

*18 - 22 May 2015*

*Pre-announcement & Save the dates!*

The 37th AMLC Scientific Meeting will be hosted by the Carmabi Research
Station on Curaçao, former Netherlands Antilles from May 18th to May 22nd,
2015. The main venue for this meeting will be the Hilton Hotel on Curaçao's
leeward shore, right next to Carmabi.

This event will bring students, long time scientists and all with an
interest in marine science and policy  together for a five day meeting,
focusing on presentations (including "as I see it"-type presentations),
productive interactions and field trips. The meeting is open to anybody and
has seen a rapidly growing attendance over the last few years as the only
Caribbean focused meeting of its kind.

Further details will follow as this announcement merely serves to provide a
timely notice when and where this meeting will take place. The meeting will
focus on all aspects of marine science and management, but focusses
especially on the science and management of marine ecosystems at present
day that likely adhere to rules and principles different from those used to
understand these ecosystems in the past. The theme of the meeting will
therefore be:

*'Marine Ecosystem Science and Policy - new ways forward'*

Coral reefs are renowned for their high diversity and breadth of
interactions. The resulting ecological complexity provides countless
opportunities for students of community ecology, but a similar number of
challenges for managers of these ecosystems. We invite participants to
share new findings on the fundamental workings of (degraded) tropical
marine ecosystems, focusing on patterns of inter- and intra-specific
interactions. Studies using coral reef systems to test classical ecological
theories or to develop new theories are encouraged. Experimental and
observational studies of demography, behavior, and physiology provide the
raw material for scientists, managers, and the public to advance their
understanding of tropical marine ecosystems. Further, by bringing together
participants from a broad collection of geographic and taxonomic
specialties, this meeting will provide a setting for even further
consideration and synthesis of new ecological ideas. Effective management
and conservation depends upon such fundamental appreciation of the basic
ecological workings of reef organisms.

'*Advances in Coral Reef Ecology', *moderated by Mark Vermeij, is planned
and 4 to 5 other themes are anticipated.  The meeting will consist of
standard presentations, a number of key note speakers, perspective talks
and fieldtrips to see Curacao's marine ecosystems. Furthermore, we invite
interested parties to submit proposals at this point for sessions with
specific themes by outlining the topic to be discussed and specify one or
more moderators.

*About AMLC*

The AMLC is a confederation of more than 30 Caribbean marine research,
education, and resource management institutions endeavoring to encourage
the production and exchange of research and resource management
information, advance the cause of marine and environmental education in the
region, and facilitate cooperation and mutual assistance among its
membership. The AMLC also has more than 300 Individual Members with
professional research and management interests in the Region. Scientific
Meetings are held every other year, for which peer-reviewed Proceedings
will be published.

AMLC website: http://www.amlc-carib.org/index.html

*About Carmabi*

To facilitate ecological research CARMABI, originally short for the
Caribbean Marine Biological Institute was founded in 1955 and has remained
the largest field station in the Southern Caribbean. The field station
still sits at its original, picturesque location at the opening of the
Piscadera Bay and reefs are found right in front of it. The number of
visiting scientists has been increasing in recent years which prompted the
construction of a new water-side building with lab facilities and
dormitories for up to 30 people. Researchers or students that want to study
Caribbean coral reefs, terrestrial systems or geology can now use these
facilities for their science projects. The institute is currently visited
by approx. 200 scientists a year for research purposes and by various
universities for courses related to coral reef ecology.

Carmabi website: http://www.researchstationcarmabi.org/

For further questions: Mark Vermeij (Carmabilog at gmail.com)

Dr. M.J.A. Vermeij

Science Director Carmabi Foundation
Piscaderabaai z/n, Willemstad, Curaçao
Web: http://www.researchstationcarmabi.org/

Associate professor
Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED)
University of Amsterdam
Science Park 700, 1098 XH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Web: http://www.science.uva.nl/ibed/home.cfm

Phone: +5999-5103067

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