[MARMAM] ACS Conference - Nov 13-17, Monterey, CA

Diane Alps (ACS) dianealps at acsonline.org
Thu Sep 11 08:52:08 PDT 2008


Whales in a Changing World
American Cetacean Society's 11th International Conference
November 13-16, 2008
Monterey Bay, CA
**With a Gray Whale and Climate Change Symposium following on Monday,
November 17**



We're pleased to announce that the 11th International ACS Conference will be
held November 13-16, 2008, in Monterey Bay, California. American Cetacean
Society conferences have a long tradition of presenting the latest findings
and news about whales and other marine life. We also work to promote
discussion and thought about the role and conservation of whales in an
ever-changing world, and leave attendees motivated to work together for the
good of the whales.

American Cetacean Society conferences are open to everyone - you don't need
to be "in the field" to participate. So come, be informed and inspired, and
immerse yourself in the world of "Whales in a Changing World".

For more information see the event press release below and visit the ACS
website at <www.acsonline.org <http://www.acsonline.org/> >.


The Program



Whales in a Changing World will look at how whales, dolphins, and porpoises
are currently adapting to rapid environmental changes and altered
ecosystems. 

 

Human uses of the ocean have irrevocably changed the ecosystem where whales
have thrived, including the overfishing of whales and many other marine
species. As roads become more crowded, we look to the ocean for increased
levels of transport of both people and goods. As energy gets more scarce, we
look to the ocean as a source of power (from such things as wind energy and
the potentially disastrous return to offshore oil drilling); and to build
shipping terminals that had previously been associated with ports of call
(e.g. offshore LNG terminals).  Further, the changes that we have brought to
the global climate will also likely affect oceans and their ecosystem,
potentially in serious ways.


Join us as we take a look at the Whales in a Changing World from a wide
range of views: 

Orcas in a Changing World

Orcas and prey succession - Paul Wade (NMML Seattle)

Orcas off Monterey - Nancy Black (Monterey Bay)

SPLASH: Structure of Populations, Levels of Abundance, and Status of
Humpbacks

Program overview & results from photo ID - John Calambokidis (Cascadia
Research, WA)

Entanglements - Dave Mattila (NOAA, HI)

Genetic findings - Scott Baker (OSU, OR)

Whaling in a Changing World

The politics of humpback and fin whale scientific hunts   

The U.S. effort to stop whaling - D.J. Schubert (Whales Need US, PEW)

Efforts to stop whaling - Jon Stern (SFSU)

Whale Conservation in a Changing World 

Extinction of the Baiji: What could we have done?

Vaquita - A species at the latest minute? 

Right Whale Conservation:  Tangled in a web of politics - Sharon Young
(Boston)

Whales in a Changing World

Sea Ice and Climate Change - Sue Moore (Seattle)

Bowhead whales and climate change 

Sea ice, polar bears, and seals 

The environment and the current political climate

Climate change and politics: what can we do? 



And no ACS conference would be complete without our ever-popular Art Show
and Silent Auction!

 

 

Gray Whales and Climate Change: Sentinels of the North Pacific/Arctic
Ecosystems

 

You are invited to a workshop on gray whales and their apparent responses to
changes in their environment on Monday 17 November 2008.

 

The workshop will bring together a group of marine scientists with broad
research interests to review and discuss gray whale population dynamics and
behavior change in the context of environmental changes that are being
observed throughout the gray whales' North Pacific and Arctic range.
Specific topics will include observed changes in physical, chemical, and
biological oceanography of the North Pacific and Arctic and the time scales
of those changes, and the history and current status of the gray whale
population including shifts in distribution, phenology, population dynamics,
and behavior throughout their range.  All of this information will be
discussed in the context of how well gray whales serve as indicators of
environmental change, and how they serve as "sentinels of the North
Pacific/Arctic ecosystems". This workshop will contribute to the development
of a qualitative framework for integrating gray whales and other marine
mammals into ecosystem and climate change studies.

 

This workshop will follow the Biennial Conference of the American Cetacean
Society's Biennial Conference in Monterey, California 15-16 November 2008.
The gray whale workshop will be from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Monday 17
November 2008 at the same venue as the American Cetacean Society Biennial,
and is sponsored by the Pacific Life Foundation.  


Call for Abstracts 

Researchers, Educators, Conservationists, and Students are invited to submit
abstracts for poster presentations at the ACS conference, Whales in a
Changing World. The poster session is a great way to share cutting edge
research, new methods or concepts in education, and new issues in
conservation of cetaceans.  

Students (undergraduate, Masters, or Ph.D.) can also enter their poster into
the student poster contest to be held during the poster session.  Student
posters will be judged by a panel of attending scientists in the field and
cash prizes will be awarded.  

The deadline for abstract submission is October 1st, 2008.

Prospective authors may direct questions and submit abstracts via email to
Kate Sardi at sardika at hotmail.com (please cc all submissions to
lasol at verizon.net) or by regular mail to: 

American Cetacean Society Attn: Kate Sardi PO Box 1391 San Pedro, CA
90733-1391 

Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words and written in a clear and
concise manner.  Students wishing to be entered into the student poster
contest should indicate so clearly on their submission, as well as list the
school attending and degree sought.

Please visit the ACS website (www.acsonline.org) for details on abstract
submission.


Fantastic Field Trips 
Join fellow whale lovers aboard the "Sea Wolf II" for a natural history trip
in world-famous Monterey Bay. 

Blue whales often linger into November and humpback whales are still a good
possibility. The first gray whales can be expected on their southward
migration. Many species of dolphins are regular in the bay, including
Pacific white-sided, Northern right whale, long-beaked and short-beaked
common, Risso's and bottlenose as well as harbor porpoise. We did have
killer whales on the conference field trip in 2000, and they are spotted
regularly in Monterey Bay. Many other species are possible. 




Enter the Photo Contest 

We invite amateur photographers to participate in the "Whales in a Changing
World" photo contest. The winning entries will be displayed during the
conference Monterey Bay, CA, on November 13 - 16, 2008.

Entries must be received by October 31, 2008.

For entry form and guidelines, please visit www.acsonline.org

 

Submit Your Video for the Video Reception



We invite cinematographers to submit your entries for the "Whales in a
Changing World" video night. Accepted entries will be displayed during the
Friday night reception.

Entries must be received by October 15, 2008.

For entry form and guidelines, please visit www.acsonline.org



Conference Venue 
Embassy Suites - Special rate of just $169/night for a suite!

Please note that all reservations made at the Embassy Suites help keep our
costs, and therefore, YOUR registration costs, down! Please make your
overnight accommodations at the Embassy Suites - be sure to mention ACS to
get the great rate of just $169 night! You must make your reservation before
the October 31st deadline.

We look forward to seeing you there. 



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 Researchers to Discuss Whale Conservation Issues at 
International Conference in Monterey Bay, CA
 
 American Cetacean Society to host Whales in a Changing World  

 
The 11th Annual International American Cetacean Society (ACS) Conference
will be held on November 13-16, 2008 in Monterey Bay, California. The
conference will provide ACS members, and the general public, with the
opportunity to participate in discussions with leading experts in whale
conservation biology from around the world. The theme of the conference is
Whales in a Changing World. This is an important issue since most large
whale species migrate thousands of miles, crossing international boundaries,
between their breeding and feeding grounds.
 
Whales in a Changing World's program is designed to look at how whales,
dolphins, and porpoises are currently handling and will be prepared to deal
with an environment, and an ecosystem, that is changing at a rapid rate.  

 

Human uses of the ocean have irrevocably changed the ecosystem that whales
live in during the last century, by over-fishing both the whales themselves
and many other marine species.  Now we are looking to the ocean for
increased levels of transport of both people and goods as roads become more
crowded; as energy gets scarcer we are looking to the ocean as a source of
power (from such things as wind energy and the potentially disastrous return
to offshore oil drilling); and to build shipping terminals that had
previously been associated with ports of call (e.g. offshore LNG terminals).
Further, the changes that we have brought to the global climate will also
likely affect oceans and their ecosystem, potentially in serious ways.


 
The 11th International ACS Whales in a Changing World Conference will be
held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Monterey Bay, CA November 13-16, 2008
and will include a photography contest, silent auction, poster
presentations, and a whale watch in Monterey Bay. Abstracts are being
accepted for the poster session until October 1, 2008 and the photography
contest entries are being accepted through October 31, 2008. For more
information about conference registration contact the American Cetacean
Society at (310) 548 6279 or www.acsonline.org <http://www.acsonline.org/> .

The American Cetacean Society protects whales, dolphins, porpoises, and
their habitats through public education, research grants, and conservation
actions. Founded in 1967, the American Cetacean Society (ACS) is the oldest
whale conservation group in the world. ACS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization with an office in San Pedro, California and chapters in Los
Angeles, Orange County, Puget Sound (Seattle), Monterey, San Francisco, and
the Channel Islands (Santa Barbara). ACS members live throughout the United
States and in more than 20 countries.


 



 

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Diane Alps

ACS Conference Co-Chair 

and Event Coordinator

dianealps at acsonline.org 

(310) 500-8485

 

Sign up now!
The ACS Conference is Nov. 13-16 in Monterey Bay.

More details are available at www.acsonline.org

 

 

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