A 25-strong delegation of AIMS researchers and students are travelling to Hawaii this week to present their latest research at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium, known as ICRS
The symposium will bring together around 2,500 coral reef scientists, policy makers and managers from 70 different nations. The 6-day program features up-to-date research findings, case histories and management activities, and discussions to improve the application of scientific knowledge for achieving coral reef sustainability.
“The International Coral Reef Symposium, held every four years, is the single largest and most important meeting of coral scientists, managers and policy makers,’ said David Souter, Research Manager at AIMS.
“As Australia’s tropical marine science institute, ICRS provides a great opportunity to showcase AIMS research on an international stage, seek out opportunities for international collaborations, and exchange ideas and information to promote sustainable use, management and conservation of coral reef resources.”
AIMS is supporting 14 staff members to attend ICRS, with a further four funded through collaborative partnerships. Seven AIMS@JCU students will also benefit from attending such a large international meeting.
Scientists at AIMS are held in high regard by their international colleagues, reflected in their selection to chair the following conference sessions:
- The use of genomics, proteomics and transcriptomics in coral reefs studies (David Bourne)
- Acclimatisation and adaptation in reef organisms (Madeleine van Oppen, Carly Kenkel and Line Bay)
- Biogeochemistry of coral reef systems (Christian Lonborg)
- Coral reef ecosystem dynamics: instablities, invasions, transistions and reorganisation (Janice Lough, Neal Cantin and Peter Doherty)
- Ocean acidification: Measuring and scaling impacts across multiple scales (Katharina Fabricius)
- The impacts of dredging and coastal modification on coral reef ecosystems (Ross Jones)
- Ridge to reef management approaches (Britta Schaffelke)
- Propagation and active reef restoration - distribution, transplantation, monitoring and evaluation of restoration activities (Andrew Heyward)
- Achieving sustainable coral reef fisheries: policy development, implementation, management and enforcement (Aaron MacNeill)
- Large reef predators: ecology, status and management (Michelle Heupel)
- Watershed impacts on coral reefs: Land based sources of pollution (Frederieke Kroon)
- Integrated ecosystem-based management for coral reefs and the value of socio-ecological studies (Hugh Sweatman)
- Informing management decisions for coral reefs in a world of risk and uncertainty (Ken Anthony and Aaron MacNeil)
- Citizen science in support of coral reef protection and sustainability (David Bourne)
Attendance at ICRS also presents an opportunity for AIMS to spread the word about its unique research infrastructure, notably the National Sea Simulator (SeaSim).
The SeaSim is a world-class marine research aquarium facility. that allows sophisticated scientific investigation of how complex environmental changes impact marine organisms.
“We will have a booth at ICRS this year, where researchers can come and chat to us about potential collaborations and other research using SeaSim,” SeaSim Operations Manager Craig Humphrey (pictured right) said. “Guests will also be able to explore some of our facilities through virtual tours.”
Visit Craig in the Kamehameha Exhibit Hall at the Hawaii Convention Centre all week.