[Coral-List] What is the current knowledge on understanding and effectively responding to coral disease outbreaks?

Brian Walker walkerb at nova.edu
Tue Sep 15 20:36:20 UTC 2020

Dear Coral-listers,

If you work on coral diseases and have insights into effective responses to disease outbreaks, please consider submitting abstracts to our ICRS 2021 session in Bremen. See below for details.

Session: What is the current knowledge on understanding and effectively responding to coral disease outbreaks?

Theme 4: Microbial ecology, holobionts and model organisms


Description:  Outbreaks of coral diseases are expected to become more frequent and severe from a combination of chronic local stress (overfishing, land-based pollution) and global climate change. The first step in mitigating damage from disease outbreaks is an understanding of the underlying disease processes. Concomitantly, there is an urgent need to develop field intervention techniques, disease response plans, and engage citizen scientists in these efforts. Efforts to understand, control, or mitigate these outbreaks may be challenging, but can be considered at the lesion, colony, reef, or landscape level. Efforts should be collaborative involving researchers, managers, and community members. This session aims to convene international reef scientists and managers who have, or anticipate having to respond to disease outbreaks, and invites them to present the latest coral disease research, intervention approaches and, response plan success and failures. Regions throughout the world are facing the problems with disease outbreaks and sharing "lessons learned" can help researchers and managers address this growing problem.

Session Organizers: Brian Walker1, Karen Neely1, Erinn Muller2, Josh Voss3, Greta Aeby4
1 Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, Fl, USA), 2 Mote Marine Laboratory (Sarasota, FL, USA), 3 Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL, USA), 4 Qatar University (Qatar)

If you were selected for a 2020 presentation, you still must resubmit the same abstract using the direction on the submission page. Any changes will require a new evaluation. If you previously submitted a talk that was changed to a poster, please resubmit a new abstract.

Abstract submissions:

Abstracts received after 15 October 2020, 23:59:59 CEST cannot be considered.

Thank you.

Best regards,

Brian, Karen, Greta, Josh, and Erinn

Brian K. Walker | Research Scientist II
GIS & Spatial Ecology Laboratory
Halmos College of Arts and Sciences
Nova Southeastern University
8000 N. Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, FL 33004
(954) 262-3675

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