[Coral-List] Adaptation Challenge: Request for Proposals

Madhavi Colton mcolton at coral.org
Wed Aug 24 17:15:13 EDT 2016

 Dear Coral Listers,

The Coral Reef Alliance <http://www.coral.org> and one of its loyal funders
are pleased to announce a call for proposals for the Coral Adaptation
Challenge <http://coral.org/adaptation_challenge/>.

At the recent International Coral Reef Symposium in Honolulu, Hawai‘i many
speakers raised concerns about whether the rates of evolution by natural
selection will be fast enough to keep up with the rate of current and
future environmental change. The answer to the question of whether corals
can adapt quickly enough is critically important for evaluating the merit
of alternative conservation strategies. The Coral Reef Alliance is seeking
proposals that will develop compelling answers to the following question:

*What is the probability that reef-building corals can adapt to rising
temperatures by the year 2100?*

The project has four phases:

   1. Individuals and/or groups submit proposals for how they would answer
   this question by October 6, 2016
   2. Three successful applicants will be selected by November 18, 2016 to
   receive a total of $18,000 each to conduct the proposed work
   3. All three applicants (or representatives from groups) plus additional
   experts in the field will convene in April 2017 to share and evaluate
   results, and develop a plan for disseminating findings through at least one
   peer-reviewed publication
   4. A manuscript will be submitted for publication by August 2017

*We are launching Phase 1 with a request for proposals. Successful
proposals will:*

   - Focus on synthesizing existing information, not collecting new data
   - Outline a mathematical framework that will provide an answer to this
   question using empirical parameter estimates whenever possible and justify
   when and why parameter estimates are based on expert judgment
   - Provide answers that can be generalized for corals around the world,
   rather than focusing on a single species or location

Any individual or group of collaborators may apply.

To apply:

   - Please submit a two-page proposal on or before 5pm PDT, October 6,
   2016. Please review the Call for Proposals
   for further details.
   - Proposals should be submitted to adaptation at coral.org

We encourage you to share this information with colleagues, educational
institutions, and organizations.

Kind regards,
The Coral Reef Alliance Team

Madhavi Colton, Ph.D.
Associate Programs Director

Coral Reef Alliance
1330 Broadway, Suite 1602
Oakland, CA  94612
510-370-0506 • mcolton at coral.org
Skype: madhavi.colton

*Learn more about coral reefs at **www.coral.org* <http://www.coral.org/>*.*

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