[Coral-List] Seminar today: Coral Reefs, Climate Change and Atomic Bombs, by Bob Richmond

Tracy Gill - NOAA Federal tracy.gill at noaa.gov
Wed Feb 18 08:24:29 EST 2015

OneNOAA Science Seminar Series - apologies for cross-posting

Title:* Coral Reefs, Climate Change and Atomic Bombs*

Speaker:  Bob Richmond, Director of the Kewalo Marine Laboratory,
University of Hawaii

When & Where: Today at Noon, NOAA Central Library (SSMC3, 2nd Floor)

Remote Access: Please fill out the Mymeeting registration form before the
meeting is scheduled to begin. The Meeting Number is 742656968; the
Passcode is brownbag. For audio in the US and Canada, dial 866-833-7307.
The participant passcode is 8986360.

Sponsors: NOAA Central Library Brown Bag Seminar Series and the NCCOS'
Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR), Seminar Point of
Contact: Mary.Lou.Cumberpatch at noaa.gov or Michael.Dowgiallo at noaa.gov

Abstract: Coral reef worldwide are in decline as a result of human-induced
disturbance, ranging from the common and chronic stressors of overfishing,
coastal sedimentation and pollution to the absurd and acute: vaporization
from nuclear testing.  Global climate change is and will continue to be
responsible for extensive reef losses through the associated problems of
temperature-induced mass coral bleaching events, increased storm intensity
and frequency, ocean acidification and sea level rise. To address human
impacts in the hope of allowing coral reefs to persist into the future, it
is necessary to both diagnose and treat the underlying problems at multiple
levels over space (local, regional and global scales) and time.  Emerging
technologies in the areas of proteomics, genomics and transcriptomics
provide new tools for better understanding relationships between stressors
and coral reef responses with a higher level of resolution in determining
the contributions of individual stressors in a multi-stressor system. The
coral reef “sound and smell-scapes” also figure in to reef resilience and
recovery.  Better bridging of science to policy development, implementation
and evaluation is needed to insure a legacy of functional coral reefs of
high economic, ecological and cultural value for future generations.

About the Speaker: Dr. Richmond is the Director of the Kewalo Marine
Laboratory at University of Hawaii. His career has taking him all over the
world to study both how coral reefs function and how they respond to
stressors. He combines both applied and basic research in his work and
applies his results to both management and conservation. As such, he has
consistently partnered with resource managers, elected officials,
traditional leaders, and stakeholders both as co-investigators and as
advisers. in addition, Dr. Richmond has given priority to mentoring and
developing of students native to the Pacific Islands as an underrepresented
group in the sciences.


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