[Coral-List] Solar Forum 6 PM Thursday 22 Jan Townsville RSL

Eric Peterson e.peterson at uq.edu.au
Wed Jan 14 19:05:23 EST 2015

Hi fellow coral reef folks,                    

All of my contacts at James Cook University and other coral reef institutions centered in Townsville are sensibly still travelling on summer holidays to avoid hot and sultry monsoonal North Queensland Australia.

What they may not know is that a snap election was called by the Acting Governor of Queensland, and all citizens resident in this state will be required to vote for members of the Legislative Assembly Saturday 31st January.
The next government to be formed has increased powers to regulate the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area as well as Energy Efficiency provisions of the National Construction Code, as the current federal government has been systematically winding back their previous leadership in these matters.  Note the IPCC Working Group 3 consistently advice is that building codes are among the most cost effective way to mitigate climate change.  But now that solar hot water is no longer required their sales have collapsed in Queensland, formerly known as the "Sunshine State".

Please spread the word in Queensland community.  Coral List people know well that clean energy will save the reef from dissolving in carbonic acid, and the reef give Queensland some immunity from tsunami threats.  So please think outside the reef and put solar on the agenda for public policy.  Current Government policies are making it harder for families to slash their power bills with energy efficiency and discourage solar and the Renewable Energy Target.  With the Queensland election on  31 January, find out where the parties stand on solar at the Townsville Save Solar Forum, organized by the Australian Solar Council.

Townsville Save Solar Forum
6.00-8.00pm Thursday 22 January Townsville RSL Club
139 Charters Towers Road, Hermit Park

Jackie Trad, Qld - Shadow Environment Minister (accepted)
Senator Christine Milne, Leader, Australian Greens (accepted)
Senator Glenn Lazarus, Palmer United Party (invited)
Ewen Jones, Federal Member for Herbert (invited)
Mark McArdle, Qld Energy Minister (invited)
Senator Jan McLucas, Labor Senator for Queensland (accepted)

Please anyone still based in Townsville who can distribute this notice of a meeting in support of Solar Energy for the "Sunshine State"?  Pass it along!

Eric Peterson, former resident of NQ while PhD student at JCU, now resident in Brisbane.
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, University of Queensland.

Forward this email and the attached flyer! Send it to your Townsville networks. Encourage anyone you know in Townsville to come along.

You can find Facebook and Twitter posts, and much more information, at http://www.savesolar.com.au

Eric Peterson, PhD, RPEQ
Adjunct Professor, Institute for Sustainability and Innovation, Victoria University, Melbourne
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science and
Sessional Lecturer in the School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD 4072 Australia
developing websites http://GetTanked.org/ and http://SunTank.org/
telephone +1 4 39744682

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Today's Topics:

   1.  Gene Expression in Caribbean Acroporas (Liz Hemond)
   2. Re: Gene Expression in Caribbean Acroporas (Lane W)
   3. JoVE paper/video on fish-feeding bioassays (Pawlik, Joseph)
   4. Looming coral bleaching? (Douglas Fenner)
   5. Ph.D. position: ecological effects of tropical storms
      (Joshua Madin)
   6. Post Doc opportunity (L-IPSL Paris/France) (Delphine Dissard)


Message: 1
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:35:09 +0000 (UTC)
From: Liz Hemond <lizhemond at yahoo.com>
Subject: [Coral-List]  Gene Expression in Caribbean Acroporas
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Dear Colleagues,
I would like to share our recently published paper showing transcriptomic differences between different branch regions in the Caribbean?Acropora?corals,?A. cervicornis?and?A. palmata. My co-authors and I hope that you find it interesting and informative.
Hemond EM, Kaluziak ST, Vollmer SV. The genetics of colony form and function in Caribbean?Acropora?corals. BMC Genomics 2014, 15:1133.http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2164/15/1133
Best,Liz HemondNortheastern University


Message: 2
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:55:08 -0500
From: Lane W <dryland404 at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] Gene Expression in Caribbean Acroporas
To: Liz Hemond <lizhemond at yahoo.com>
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Corrected Link target

On Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 12:35 PM, Liz Hemond <lizhemond at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Dear Colleagues,
> I would like to share our recently published paper showing transcriptomic
> differences between different branch regions in the
> Caribbean Acropora corals, A. cervicornis and A. palmata. My co-authors and
> I hope that you find it interesting and informative.
> Hemond EM, Kaluziak ST, Vollmer SV. The genetics of colony form and
> function in Caribbean Acropora corals. BMC Genomics 2014, 15:1133.
> http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2164/15/1133
> Best,Liz HemondNortheastern University
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Message: 3
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:28:46 -0500
From: "Pawlik, Joseph" <pawlikj at uncw.edu>
Subject: [Coral-List] JoVE paper/video on fish-feeding bioassays
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For those of you teaching courses in aquatic ecology or chemical ecology, or with students interested in chemical defenses, you may be interested in this video publication that just came out:

Marty, M.J. and Pawlik, J.R. 2015.<http://www.jove.com/video/52429> A fish-feeding laboratory bioassay to assess the antipredatory activity of secondary metabolites from the tissues of marine organisms.  Journal of Visualized Experiments, 95: DOI: 10.3791/52429<http://dx.doi.org/10.3791/52429>
             If the link above doesn't work: Article PDF available HERE<http://people.uncw.edu/pawlikj/2015MartyJove.pdf>; HD video available HERE<https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/4776204/2014MartyJoVEHiRes.mp4>.
Happy new year,

Joseph R. Pawlik, Professor,
Dept. of Biology and Marine Biology
UNCW Center for Marine Science
5600 Marvin K Moss Lane
Wilmington, NC  28409
Office:(910)962-2377; Cell:(910)232-3579
Website: http://people.uncw.edu/pawlikj/index.html
PDFs: http://people.uncw.edu/pawlikj/pubs2.html


Message: 4
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:56:07 -0500
From: Douglas Fenner <douglasfennertassi at gmail.com>
Subject: [Coral-List] Looming coral bleaching?
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"ScienceInsider", one of the "Science Now" popular science news services
provided free by Science magazine, now has a new piece entitled:

Looming coral reef disaster?  Scientists divided.


(open access)

See the comment by Mark Eakin below the story, which adds info.

I note that in the last paragraph, the article says "Others note bigger
threats, such as chronic pollution and destructive fishing."  I think
opinions vary on whether local threats such as chronic pollution and
destructive fishing are greater than mass coral bleaching.  Part of the
difference may be between the past when local threats were the worst many
places (and most places before mass bleaching events), and the future when
it looks like bleaching may be the worst.  Mind you, bleaching in 1998
caused vast damage in most of the Indian Ocean in particular, but also in
some other locations.  Bleaching in 1998 was arguably the largest single
destructive event for the world's coral reefs so far.
     Cheers,  Doug

Douglas Fenner
Contractor with Ocean Associates, Inc.
PO Box 7390
Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799  USA

phone 1 684 622-7084

"belief in climate change is optional, participation is not."

belief in evolution is optional, use of antibiotics that bacteria have not
evolved resistance to is recommended.

website:  http://independent.academia.edu/DouglasFenner

blog: http://ocean.si.edu/blog/reefs-american-samoa-story-hope


Message: 5
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:30:16 +1100
From: Joshua Madin <joshua.madin at mq.edu.au>
Subject: [Coral-List] Ph.D. position: ecological effects of tropical
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The biomechanical and ecological impact of tropical cyclones and post-cyclone recovery

A Ph.D. position is available at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) for work on the biomechanical and ecological impact of, and recovery from, the recent Tropical Cyclone Ita at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef.  In collaboration with the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (University of Sydney), benthic maps were recorded before and after the cyclone at more than twenty reef sites of varying exposure around the perimeter of the island. The Ph.D. candidate will be tasked with continuing field data collection, which includes yearly benthic in-situ mapping, and the subsequent analysis of the physical, environmental and ecological data sets. The goal is to produce a uniquely detailed picture of cyclone effects on coral reefs and their subsequent recovery.

Essential criteria:
- A top-ranked Masters thesis or equivalent
- A high undergraduate grade point average (e.g., mostly As/high distinctions)
- A record of publication(s) in peer-review international journals
- Strong understanding of mathematics and statistical procedures
- Extensive research diving and boating experience
- Ability to plan and lead field trips in remote locations
- Ability to be part of and communicate with a multi-institutional team

Preferable criteria:
- Computer programming skills
- Willingness to interact with the public (e.g., via the media and seminars)

The successful candidate will have their tuition fees paid and receive a full-time stipend of AUD$25,392 pa (tax exempt) for 3 years. Research support is $6000 per year. Additional international conference/research travel support up to $4000 is available through the Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund.

Interested applicants should send a CV, a short expression of interest that addresses the criteria above, and a preferred starting date to Dr. Joshua Madin (joshua.madin at mq.edu.au). Further information about the research group can be found at http://acropora.bio.mq.edu.au


Message: 6
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:12:40 +0100
From: Delphine Dissard <dissard.delphine at gmail.com>
Subject: [Coral-List] Post Doc opportunity (L-IPSL Paris/France)
To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
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*L-IPSL post-doctoral fellowship offer in climate change impacts*

*The excellence Labex of the Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace (L-IPSL) offers
a 1.5 years postdoctoral position*

Title: Towards improved proxies calibration for corals? Paleoclimatic
reconstructions: Case study of the impact of seawater acidification on
coral and boring microflora, Application.

*Context:* Global climate change and ocean acidification are one of the
most pressing issues in Earth Sciences today. This is supported by the
growing scientific evidence that changes in ocean chemistry due to
anthropogenic input are already occurring and will continue in the next
decades to centuries at a rate that will depend on future CO2 emissions.
Temperature and carbonate chemistry of the oceans are critical parameters
that not only control chemical and physical processes, but also a wide
range of biogeochemical processes that are important for the development
and survival of marine biota such as corals, the main framebuilders of
coral reef ecosystems. These organisms are highly threatened by global
change and ocean acidification and represents major eco-systemic resources
which support the survival of 1/15 of the world population. Recent studies
suggest that net reef dissolution will occur by 2100 as corals will calcify
less and as the microboring flora, one of the main agents of carbonate
dissolution, will be stimulated.

Geochemical proxies preserved in the carbonate skeleton of marine
calcifying organisms such as corals provide a unique tool to reconstruct
changes in seawater environmental parameters since the beginning of the
industrial era. Many parameters however might impair high-resolution
time-series like vital effects and environmental stressors, which can bias
geochemical signatures in corals and therewith paleo-reconstructions. It is
thus essential to identify the biogeochemical processes involved in the
incorporation of trace elements and isotopic signatures at the early stage
of the aragonitic skeleton formation in corals as well as possible
diagenesis effects. For this purpose, interactions between corals,
microborers, and their environment need to be better assessed.

*Description of the work:* The Post-Doc fellow will develop a mechanistic
understanding of elemental  and isotopic composition of coral skeleton -
with special emphasis on Li/Mg, Sr/Ca and ?11B -  at different stages of
coral life cycles. The recruited Post-Doc will subsequently study a coral
core from the western equatorial Pacific Ocean covering environmental
changes from pre-industrial (low atmospheric CO2) to  post-industrial (high
atmospheric CO2) era. The project will also provide a comprehensive
calibration of corals? geochemical signatures which could be later extended
to deep and cold water corals and other calcifiers such as foraminifera.

The recruited Post-doctorate fellow will participate to analytical
development using LA-MC-ICP-MS Neptune.

*Supervision team:* The work will be conducted under the main supervision
of D. Dissard and A. Tribollet (UMR LOCEAN) and in close cooperation with
researchers/engineers from LSCE (E. Douville, D. Blamart and F. Thil).
Other scientists from LOCEAN, LSCE and GEOPS laboratory will also be
involved in this research project. The analyses will be undertaken at
LOCEAN and LSCE. The candidate will share his time between the two
laboratories involved.

*Duration and salary:* The post-doctorate will be recruited for 18 months
starting in early 2015 with a gross monthly salary around 2500 euros,
commensurate with experience. This includes social services and health

*Contact for applications:* Applications should include a CV, a statement
of research interests, relevant publications and the names of at least two
references including e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. Applications
will be sent to Delphine Dissard and Aline Tribollet (
Delphine.Dissard at locean-ipsl.upmc.fr, Aline.Tribollet at locean-ipsl.upmc.fr).

*Closing date:* The search will remain open until February 20th 2015.


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