[Coral-List] Planary speakers and submission deadline AMLC Meeting Curacao (May 2015)

Mark Vermeij carmabilog at gmail.com
Fri Feb 13 11:39:39 EST 2015

Dear All

 There are again many requests to extend the deadline for submitting
abstracts for the AMLC meeting this May in Curacao. Therefore we have
decided to extend this deadline till *March** 10th, 2015*.

Secondly, the abstracts and titles of all plenary speakers are now known.
Check them out at:

   - Dr. Nancy Knowlton
   <http://www.amlc-carib.org/meetings/2015plenaryspeakers.html#knowlton> --
   Smithsonian Institution -- National Museum of Natural History, USA.
Title; *Success
   Stories in Coral Reef Conservation*
   - Dr. Bob Steneck
   <http://www.amlc-carib.org/meetings/2015plenaryspeakers.html#steneck> --
   University of Maine, USA. Title: *The Eastern Caribbean: A laboratory
   for studying the resilience and management of coral reefs*
   - Professor Juan Sanchez
   <http://www.amlc-carib.org/meetings/2015plenaryspeakers.html#sanchez> --
   Universidad de los Andes, Columbia. Title: *Ecological divergence and
   the fate of coral reefs*
   - Dr. Stuart Sandin
   <http://www.amlc-carib.org/meetings/2015plenaryspeakers.html#sandin> --
   Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego,
   USA. Title:   *The struggle for existence: How competition reigns,
   especially when predation abounds*

Details about field trips during the conference will follow shortly.

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 intends to 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.

The meeting will focus on all aspects of marine science and management, but
focuses 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".

We invite participants to share new findings on the fundamental workings of
(degraded) coral reef ecosystems, focusing on new ecological drivers and
processes as well as the management of such systems. Furthermore, we invite
interested parties to submit proposals (max. 300 words; send to
carmabilog at gmail.com) at this point for sessions with specific themes by
outlining the topic to be discussed and specify one or more moderators.
Experimental and observational studies of demography, behavior, and
physiology provide the raw material for scientists, managers, and the
public to advance their understanding of coral reef ecosystems. By bringing
together participants from a broad collection of marine related fields,
science and management, this meeting will provide a setting for even
further consideration and synthesis of new ecological ideas.


*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)

Best regards from Curacao,


Dr. M.J.A. Vermeij

Science Director Carmabi Foundation
Piscaderabaai z/n, Willemstad, Curaçao

Phone: +5999-5103067

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