SPECIAL TOPICS FOLLOWING THE PRESIDENTIAL SYMPOSIUM
Communication and camouflage: Marine and aquatic organisms have evolved a number of unique sensory and signaling adaptations to their distinct environment. This session encourages talks that investigate unique ways that marine organisms communicate or conceal their presence to others, particularly in sensory domains that extend beyond human capacity.
Omics in a Changing Ocean: This session will focus on the use of genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic tools to better understand adaptation and acclimatization responses to climate change.
Quantitative ecology: This session will focus on the development or new application(s) of modern tools in quantitative ecology. Talks may include examples from individuals (e.g., movement tracking) to
communities (e.g., inter-species interactions) to landscapes (e.g., joint species distributions).
New techniques in field behavioral ecology: This session will focus on any field studies using telemetry, accelerometry, and videography to quantify behavior of marine organisms.
ADDITIONAL SPECIAL TOPICS
Evaluating Marine Protected Areas: Marine Protected Areas cover more than 40% of US waters along the West Coast. Established to meet broad ocean protection, habitat restoration, fisheries, and water quality goals, these areas are a backbone of conservation and management efforts. But are they working? Research and monitoring activities inside and outside protected areas along the coast are shedding light on the performance of individual and networks of protected areas. This session will include talks on diverse topics ranging from field surveys of habitats and ecosystems, to new methods of measuring ecosystem health, to modeling and lab experiments that evaluate network performance. (Chair: TBA)