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NCCOS Leads Key Topics at International Coral Reef Symposium

Published on: 06/22/2016
Research Area(s): Coastal Change
Primary Contact(s): felix.martinez@noaa.gov

This week, staff from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) led special sessions and gave individual presentations at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The symposium is one of the largest international gatherings that bring together researchers, managers, policy makers, non-governmental organizations, and the general public to share and discuss recent scientific information on coral reefs.

The special sessions addressed the latest findings on mesophotic coral ecosystems (30 -150 meters deep), including their role in sustaining shallow-water reefs; underwater acoustic ecology; and acoustic sampling surveys. Individual presentationsfocused on coral reef monitoring, pollution, socioeconomics, biogeographic assessments, and spatial ecology.

NCCOS coral reef research includes “middle light” mesophotic coral reefs, monitoring, pollution, socioeconomics, biogeographic assessments, spatial distributions, and how sound impacts and can be used to survey coral reefs. Photo credit: ICRS

NCCOS coral reef research includes “middle light” mesophotic coral reefs, monitoring, pollution, socioeconomics, biogeographic assessments, spatial distributions, and how sound impacts and can be used to survey coral reefs. Credit: International Coral Reef Symposium.

Kimberly Puglise co-chaired the mesophotic coral session, with talks focused on how these ecosystems function and how they relate to their shallow-water counterparts. Puglise alsoco-chaired a session on connectivity, recruitment, and isolation among coral reef populations, especially the Pulley Ridge corals off southwest Florida.

Chris Taylor and Felix Martinez, along with other federal and academic scientists,chaired the soundscape ecology session, where talkscovered how sound can be used to characterize the diversity of organisms in coral reefs, to study the ecology and behavior of single species, and to determine the impact of human-produced noise on marine organisms.

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For more information, contact Felix.Martinez@noaa.gov.

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