[MARMAM] PICES 2011 Theme Session on the Physics and Biology of Top Predator Hotspots

Elliott Hazen elliott.hazen at duke.edu
Fri May 20 14:14:06 PDT 2011

 Dear All,

 Please find a link below to a flyer for the interdisciplinary PICES 2011
Theme Session: 'Mechanisms of physical-biological coupling forcing
biological “hotspots.”,' scheduled for October 18, 2011 from 9:00 AM -
5:00 PM in Khabarovsk, Russia.

 This session will examine the physical and oceanographic factors that
correspond to ecological or economic “hotspots” in the North Pacific
and North Atlantic and their marginal seas. For the Pacific, this session
will focus on the Kuroshio/Oyashio extensions and ecotone, the
intersection of the Sea of Okhotsk and the western North Pacific (Kuril
Islands region), and the Western Bering Sea. For the Atlantic, this
session will focus on the North Sea, the intersection of the Gulf Stream
and Labrador Current, in addition to tidally driven systems such as the
Gulf of Maine and Gulf of St. Lawrence. “Hotspots” can broadly be
defined as areas encompassing high species diversity, high abundance of
individuals, especially of important indicator species, or areas of high
economic value. Interdisciplinary contributions on physical-biological
coupling and resulting seasonal or year-round “hotspots” in primary to
tertiary productivity are invited. This includes data on physics, phyto-
and zooplankton, forage fish, and upper trophic level predators (e.g.,
fish, seabirds, mammals, humans). We are particularly interested in
simultaneous multi-species multi-use hotspots (i.e., sites of ecological
importance that overlap highly with sites of economic value) and potential
changes in hotspots under future climate change scenarios building upon the
2004 PICES theme session on hotspots. Modeling and empirical studies are
encouraged. We will solicit a special publication in the primary
literature pending subscription to the session.

 The PICES annual meeting will take place on October 14-23rd, 2011 in
Khabarovsk, Russia (http://www.
pices.int/meetings/annual/PICES-2011/2011-background.aspx). If you would
like to submit a presentation for this theme session, please submit an
abstract (limit 250 words) via the link above that summarizes the work you
are planning to present. Travel support for early career scientists (35
years of age or younger), and scientists from countries with ‘economies
in transition’ is available from the PICES Trust Fund (for detail see
Additional funding from NSF is available for researchers from U.S.
academic institutions, who may ultimately become involved in PICES
activities (for details, questions and applications please contact Dr.
George Boehlert at george.boehlert at oregonstate.edu).

 The deadline for all abstracts is 20 June, 2011. Thank you for your
interest and consideration.


 Elliott Hazen, Jürgen Alheit, Oleg Katugin, Robert Suryan, Yutaka
Watanuki, and Ichiro Yasuda 

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