[Coral-List] Call for Abstracts ICRS 2020: How is coral reproduction and dispersal affected by the environment?

Jacqueline Padilla-Gamino jacquelinelpg at gmail.com
Fri Jul 12 19:33:31 UTC 2019

Dear Coral-List members,
We are very excited to invite you to submit an abstract for an oral or
poster presentation at ICRS 2020 in the session: How is coral reproduction
and dispersal affected by the environment?
Jacqueline Padilla-Gamino, Yossi Loya, Saki Harii, Elizabeth Lenz and Tom


Session Description
Reproduction represents the culmination of several physiological events
within an individual’s life, and is the first step in producing new
recruits to marine ecosystems. With the aim of better understanding the
factors that control the spawning synchrony and reproductive output of reef
organisms, this session will bring together experts in different fields in
order to share their findings on how environmental factors, and changes in
the environment, can affect reproduction at the individual, population, and
molecular levels. The session will highlight multidisciplinary research,
including but not limited to the following topics: natural variability in
reproductive cycles, parental effects, spawning synchronicity,
chronobiology, phenology, gamete quality, fertilization success, larval
dispersal, reproductive phenotypic plasticity, and the effects of
environmental factors (light, ocean acidification, temperature, nutrients,
pollutants, sedimentation) on the reproduction, settlement, and growth of
new recruits. The session seeks to bring together scientists working in
different coral ecosystems and from different regions of the world, to
share novel insights and establish collaborations leading to an
international coral-reef reproduction network that will integrate
reproduction data from coral-reef organisms in different parts of the
world. This will provide an immensely useful   tool for the scientific
community and coral-reef managers to track spawning events, generate
long-term spawning time-series, and identify reproductive patterns over
larger spatial and temporal scales. In turn, it will help us to better
predict the effects of climate change on the reproductive success of
corals, which is essential for the resilience and persistence of coral
reefs and for the survival of many species in the tropical seas.

We expect a broad audience for the coral reproduction session. This session
will bring scientists, conservation and restoration practitioners, coral
farmers, aquarists, modelers and students together to gain novel insights
in coral reproductive biology and ecophysiology and share important
findings of parental effects in the stress resistance of offspring under
different climate change scenarios. With the majority of coral reefs being
threatened and impacted by global change worldwide, the studies presented
in this session have broad applicability and relevancy at local, national
and international levels.

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