[Coral-List] European Coral Reef Symposium: Biogeochemistry session

Heidi Burdett heidi.burdett at gmail.com
Tue May 2 07:25:58 EDT 2017

Dear colleagues,

We would like to draw your attention to the following session at the
European Coral Reef Symposium, to be held 13-15 December 2017 at the
University of Oxford, UK:

*​Session 10. Biogeochemical Response of Coral Reefs to Ocean Variability

Biogeochemical cycling of macro- and micro-nutrients is key to explaining
how coral reef ecosystems, some of the most productive ecosystems on Earth,
can thrive in low-nutrient environments. Recent technological advances have
allowed us to gain unprecedented understanding of biogeochemical dynamics
within coral reef systems, and how these affect, and are affected by,
natural or anthropogenically-induced environmental change. In this session,
we aim to bring together the newest results, based on studies performed in
the field, in aquaria or mesocosms, and from the historical record. We
encourage studies that provide insight into the spatio-temporal dynamics of
environmental change in coral reef systems in the past and present-day, and
how these dynamics may be impacted by projected climate change. Studies
with a focus on community-level assemblages, or those that focus on the
effects of multiple stressors (e.g. temperature, ocean acidification, but
also direct and local anthropogenic influences such as nutrient enrichment,
pollution), to better reproduce the real world are particularly welcome.
This multi-disciplinary session will inherently attract a broad audience,
including researchers working on palaeo-environmental reconstruction,
present-day dynamics and climate change, as well as professionals working
in marine management and conservation. Biogeochemical dynamics both shape,
and are shaped by, the ecological function of coral reef ecosystems.
Biogeochemical cycling is known to be critical in determining the
sensitivity and response of the coral reef ecosystem to environmental
variability, thus providing a holistic, multidisciplinary understanding of
the coral reef system. The invited speakers reflect the diversity of coral
reef biogeochemistry research. They will provide historical, present-day
and future perspectives on the role of biogeochemistry in coral reefs, and
they reflect the range of researchers working on this topic, from early
career to senior academics.

Abstract submission and conference information here
<http://www.reefconservationuk.co.uk/ecrs-2017.html>. Abstract submission
is open until 30th June 2017. We look forward to your participation in this
exciting meeting and to seeing you soon in Oxford!

Best wishes,

Heidi, Dan and Nick

Heidi Burdett, Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology

Dan Exton, Operation Wallacea

Nick Kamenos, University of Glasgow


Dr Heidi Burdett

Lyell Research Fellow

Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology

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