Call for abstracts: Biogeochemistry session at ECRS 2017

The deadline for abstracts for this year’s European Coral Reef Symposium is fast approaching (30th June)! The conference will run from 13-15th December 2017 at the beautiful University of Oxford – the perfect opportunity to combine history, culture and exciting coral reef research!

Myself, Dan Exton (Operation Wallacea) and Nick Kamenos (University of Glasgow) are chairing a session on coral reef biogeochemistry – submit your abstract now!

We look forward to seeing you in Oxford later in the year!

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.

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