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Materials and Presentations from NOAA Fisheries' Coral Science Workshops

The materials below are products from two coral science workshops that were held in June as part of the ongoing process to evaluate 82 species of coral from the Caribbean and Pacific for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Read more...
Pacific Islands Coral Listing Science Workshop

Wednesday, June 18, 2012
University of Hawaii campus
Honolulu, Hawaii

Agenda (6/18/2012): Pacific Islands Coral Listing Science Workshop

8:30 am Welcome
8:45am Introduction to Workshop
9:15am Outline and overview of Biological Review Team results and conclusions

10:15am Thematic session 1: Climate Change in the Pacific and Climate Impacts on Coral Reef Ecosystems

Dr. Mark Eakin, NOAA –Summary of Biological Status Review of climate change risks to corals
Dr. Anne Cohen, WHOI –Ocean acidification effects on corals and their extinction risks
Dr. Kevin Hamilton, IPRC – Regional Climate Change Projections for the Insular Central and Western Pacific
Dr. Greta Aeby, HIMB -- Potential threats of climate change and coral disease on coral reef resistance and resilience

11:45am Public input with roundtable discussion

1:30pm Thematic session 2: Coral Reef Ecology and Adaptation

Dr. Charles Birkeland, UH – Summary of Biological status review of risks to corals and coral ecosystems
Dr. Robert Richmond, UH -- Climate Change and Coral Reefs, an Integrated Perspective
Dr. Zac Forsman, UH – Current issues of coral species systematics; hybridization, phenotypic plasticity, and cryptic biodiversity

2:45pm Public input with roundtable discussion

3:45pm Conclusion – What happens next?

Meeting Summary Report (pdf)

Atlantic/Caribbean Coral Listing Science Workshop

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Nova Southeastern University's Oceanographic Center
Dania Beach, Florida

Agenda (6/27/2012): Atlantic/Caribbean Coral Listing Science Workshop

8:30 Welcome and Introduction
8:45 Introduction to Workshop and Workshop Process
9:15 Overview of Biological Review Team process, results and conclusions

10:25 Session 1: General Coral Reef Ecology and Threats

M. Miller – Biological Review Team Summary
R. Aronson – “Biological and physical controls on coral reefs”
M. Hay – “The role of seaweed competition and phenotype-environment mismatch in the coral reef death spiral

11:10 Public input – 45 min

1:00 Session 2: General Coral Reef Ecology and Threats con’t

Robert van Woesik–"The extinction risk of corals: the past, the present and the future"
A. Kushmaro – “Coral nutrition, defense and adaptation to changing environment: the role of its associated microbial community
A. Baker–“Contribution of algal symbionts (Symbiodinium spp.) to the adaptive capacity of reef corals

2:05 Public input – 45 min

3:00 Session 3: Climate Change and Climate Impacts on Coral Reef Ecosystems

M. Miller – Biological Review Team Summary
M. Medina – “Coral reef responses to global climate change: a genomic perspective”
J. Bruno – “Effects of ocean warming on coral populations and communities

3:45 Public input – 45 min 

Meeting Summary Report (pdf)