Support of Student and State Participation at National HAB Meeting Encourages Future Scientists and State Agency Partner
The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science supported U.S. graduate students and state resource managers participation at the Fifth Symposium on Harmful Algae in the United States in Ocean Shores, Washington on November 15 – 19, 2009. This bi-annual meeting provides a forum for scientific exchange and technical communication on all aspects of HAB research in the United States.
Support benefited 31 graduate students and eight managers, giving them an opportunity to present their research and discuss advances in management applications. About 250 participants shared progress on the following topics:
- bloom ecology & dynamics
- exposure risks & human health
- economic and societal impacts of harmful algal blooms
- toxin identification & detection
- fisheries & foodwebs
- modeling, bloom prediction & mitigation
- communication, education & outreach
- emerging technologies
- mechanisms of toxicity
For more information visit the symposium website at visit http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=21475
Significance: Student attendance and participation at national meetings is essential for preparing new scientists, introducing them to experts in the field, and promoting the future of HAB research. Increasing participation from our state agency partners increases transition of research to application and fosters greater recognition of NCCOS HAB research.