Wiedenmann J. joerg.wiedenmann at noc.soton.ac.uk
Tue Jun 6 14:46:41 EDT 2017

Dear all,

we would love to hear about your recent research findings on NUTRIENT PHYSIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY OF CORAL REEFS at European Coral Reef Symposium in Oxford, UK from 13th – 15th December 2017. Abstract submissions will close on Friday 30th June. Please see further information about the conference and the scope of our session below.

See you in Oxford!

Jörg Wiedenmann (@theCoralReefLab) on behalf of the session organisers

Christine Ferrier-Pagès (Centre Scientifique de Monaco)
Cecilia D'Angelo (Coral Reef Lab, University of Southampton)
Renaud Grover (Centre Scientifique de Monaco)

Organisers: Jörg Wiedenmann, Christine Ferrier-Pagès, Cecilia D'Angelo & Renaud Grover

Recent advances in the conceptual understanding of coral nutrient biology offers the opportunity to resolve the longstanding controversy over the effects of nutrient enrichment in reef environments. Under the pressure of ever increasing anthropogenic disturbance to reefs, it is imperative that we understand how nutrients influence the system. This session will improve the knowledge- base for local management practice with the aim to promote reef resilience under the pressure of climate change, considering nutrient effects on coral physiology and ecology ranging from molecular mechanisms to the ecosystem scale. The session will of interest to 1) Scientist working on the nutrient physiology and ecology of corals from the molecular level to the ecosystem scale, and 2) Coastal managers and policy makers aiming to advance their knowledge base. Anthropogenic nutrient enrichment is considered a major driver of reef decline. However, previous studies failed to explain why nutrients had negative effects in some cases but not in others. As a consequence, policy makers are reluctant to promote action against nutrient pollution and the affected management approaches were made responsible for regional nitrogen enrichment of reefs and mass coral extinction. Recent research has shown that a differentiating view on the effect of nutrients is required, in particular when they act in combination with heat or light stress. Climate change will result in rising seawater temperatures in most coral reef regions. However, changes in large scale wind systems and stratification of the world’s ocean in combination with local human activity may have largely deviating effects on the amount of nutrients that become available to corals. Therefore, we need to improve urgently the understanding of coral reef nutrient physiology and ecology to be able to predict the survival trajectories of reefs systems across the globe and implement mitigating local coastal management.

Session themes: http://www.reefconservationuk.co.uk/sessions.html
Online submissions: http://www.reefconservationuk.co.uk/abstract-submission.html
Date for the diary: Abstract submissions will close on Friday 30th June.

What is the European Coral Reef Symposium?
To celebrate 20 years of RCUK we are going big this year!
We will be hosting a three day gathering of reef researchers in Oxford from 13th – 15th December. The event is in association with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the International Society of Reef Studies (ISRS) and The University of Oxford. The programme will include plenary speakers, parallel sessions, workshops and social events.

Key info:

�.      Dates: 13th – 15th December, 2017

�.      Location: Examination Schools, Oxford

�.      Registration Early registration closes on 15th September, standard registration closes on 13th October. Tickets are for the full three days. Proof of ISRS membership &/or student status will need to be shown on the day at the registration desk, if you have selected the wrong ticket type the difference in funds will be required.

�.      Conference dinner: an optional dinner will be held on Thurs 14th as a great chance to celebrate 20 years of RCUK! Further information will be advertised once details have been confirmed.

�.      Twitter: @ReefConsUK #ECRS2017

Prof. Dr. Jörg Wiedenmann
University of Southampton, Waterfront Campus, NOCS
Southampton, SO14 3ZH, U.K.
email: joerg.wiedenmann at noc.soton.ac.uk<mailto:joerg.wiedenmann at noc.soton.ac.uk>
Mobile: +44 (0)7912564356

Projects on thermal stress tolerance of corals:
Impact and Outreach:
Institute for Life Sciences theme leader: Global Change: Systems & Cycles

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