[MARMAM] workshop announcement & call for papers

Christine Banks banks at wildlifetrust.org
Tue May 29 10:09:44 PDT 2007

Date: 28 November 2007

Workshop title: “Conservation Medicine of Marine Mammals”

Workshop outline:
<http://www.wildlifetrust.org/conservation_medicine/index.shtml>  medicine
is an increasingly interdisciplinary field that studies the relationship
between  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human> human and
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal> animal
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health> health, and
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_environment> environmental conditions.
In particular the environmental causes of health problems are complex,
global, and poorly understood. Outbreaks in the last few years such as SARS
(Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and the recent bird-flu pandemic
illustrate the need to document and understand these diseases for the
benefit of both humans and animals. Researchers are learning more about
these pandemics in the terrestrial environment, but due to the migratory
nature of many marine species, such events are difficult to understand in
the marine environment. As a result there is still little documentation on
diseases of wild marine mammals and potential overlap with those from other
marine animals. However, such disease events in marine systems appear on the
increase in recent years, possibly as a result of rising sea temperatures.
This workshop aims at information exchange between researchers, gathering
existing knowledge on diseases in marine mammals, and identifying the areas
where future research efforts need to concentrate.

Workshop format: Morning of invited presentations and afternoon of
Fee: $30 USD

CALL FOR PAPERS: Participants and additional interested parties are asked to
submit abstracts (no more than 200 words) outlining their proposed
contribution to Stephanie Plön (see contact details below) 

Contact details: 

Stephanie Plön

Port Elizabeth Museum & Oceanarium/ Bayworld


P. O. Box 13147

Port Elizabeth




Tel: +27-41-5840650

Fax: +27-41-5840661

E-mail: stephanie at bayworld.co.za




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