[Coral-List] ICRS 2016/Session 48: Acoustical, optical, and chemical seascapes and their application to restoration and management

Felix Martinez - NOAA Federal felix.martinez at noaa.gov
Wed Dec 9 14:33:46 EST 2015

We want to invite our colleagues working on how the sound, visual, and
chemical profiles of the reef environment affect the ecology and behavior
of its dwellers to submit abstracts to session #48
<https://www.sgmeet.com/icrs2016/sessionschedule.asp?SessionID=48> at the
upcoming 2016 International Coral Reef Symposium.

*Deadline for submission is 15 January 2016.*

A description of the session and a list of the conveners are provided
below. For questions related to the session, please contact the lead
organizers. Please direct your questions as follows: ecology/behavior -
Aran Mooney; restoration/management - Felix Martinez; sensing
techniques/methodologies - Chris Taylor.

We look forward to your participation in June!



*Description:* Examining and understanding the acoustic, visual, and
chemical profiles of marine ecosystems is a novel, effective and
non-invasive way to measure ecological processes and overall system health.
The sounds and smells of a reef reflect a number of vital biological events
(i.e., spawning, courtship, predation, competition) and physical processes
(i.e., upwelling, weather and environmental changes). Monitoring changes in
these seascapes using active/passive acoustic, light, and chemical sensors
from a variety of platforms can support evaluations of marine community
structure and human activities. There is growing evidence that sounds and
smells in the marine environment may be indicators of biodiversity and
biomass. They are also likely to  play critical roles in events such as
larval orientation and settlement, particularly under reduced water
clarity.  Further, unwanted noise and chemical contaminants can degrade
habitats and impact animals in a variety of ways.

The purpose of this session is to identify the state of the science in this
emerging discipline and its application to management and restoration
efforts of coral reef ecosystems. We are seeking presentations that will
highlight acoustic, visual, and chemical seascape research conducted in
ecologically rich and impacted coral reefs, bringing together ideas that
address how studies incorporating active acoustics, bioacoustics and
chemical analysis can be used to evaluate reef biodiversity, complexity and
habitat quality to reveal the influence of sound, smells, and water clarity
on ecological processes, such as fish and coral recruitment and trophic
interactions. Presentations could also focus on summarizing spatio-temporal
characteristics of sound, visual, and chemical seascapes and the factors
that drive their variation. Studies that evaluate impacts of
anthropogenic-driven changes on acoustic, visual, and chemical seascapes
stress (i.e., increasing anthropogenic noise, turbidity, chemical
pollution) on organisms and ecosystems are also encouraged. As an emerging
field, we also welcome submission of research on new acoustic, light, and
chemical sensing technologies and methods. These presentations would focus
on methodological approaches to challenges of measuring and quantifying
sound, visual, and chemical seascape diversity.

*Lead Organizers*:  Chris Taylor (chris.taylor at noaa.gov) NOAA National
Centers for Coastal Ocean Science; Felix A. Martinez (
felix.martinez at noaa.gov) NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science;
T. Aran Mooney (amooney at whoi.edu) Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

*Co-organizers: *Reka Domokos (reka.domokos at noaa.gov) NOAA Pacific Islands
Fisheries Science Center; Doran Mason (doran.mason at noaa.gov)  NOAA Great
Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory; Marc O. Lammers (lammers at hawaii.edu)
University of Hawaii; Miles Parsons (m.parsons at cmst.curtin.edu.au) Curtin
University Western Australia ; Bryan Pijanowski (bpijanow at purdue.edu)
Purdue University; Simon Freeman (simon.freeman at gmail.com) United States
Naval Research Laboratory; Kevin Boswell (kevin.boswell at fiu.edu) Florida
International University; Richard Appeldoorn (richard.appeldoorn at upr.edu)
University of Puerto Rico; Ashlee Lillis (ashlee at whoi.edu) Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institution
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Felix A. Martinez, Ph.D.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOS/NCCOS/CSCOR/Regional Ecosystems Research Branch
and OAR/Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
4840 South State Rd. ph: 734-741-2254
Ann Arbor, MI 48108 fax: 734-741-2055
email: Felix.Martinez at noaa.gov

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