[MARMAM] Ocean Sciences session on large marine vertebrates

lhthorne at notes.cc.sunysb.edu lhthorne at notes.cc.sunysb.edu
Thu Oct 6 11:37:39 PDT 2011


Please see the information below on our upcoming session at the Ocean 
Sciences Meeting in Utah in February, 2012.  The session focuses on the 
reproduction and early life history of top predators. Abstracts are due 
tomorrow by midnight central time (5 AM GMT Saturday). 

Lesley (on behalf of Joel, Barb and Kate)


Organizers: Joel Llopiz, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 
jllopiz at whoi.edu; Barbara Muhling, University of Miami Rosenstiel School 
Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Science, 
barbara.muhling at noaa.gov; Kate Mansfield, Southeast Fisheries Science 
Center, NOAA/NMFS, kate.mansfield at noaa.gov; Lesley Thorne, Duke University 
Marine Laboratory, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, 
lesley.thorne at duke.edu
Large marine vertebrates, whether bony fishes, sharks, mammals, sea 
turtles, or birds, play critical roles in the functioning of marine 
ecosystems. Since the maintenance or rebuilding of large marine vertebrate 
populations is highly dependent upon successful reproductive events and 
the survival of the early life stages, the understanding of these 
processes is critical for effective management and conservation efforts. 
For many of these long-lived species, the ‘lost years’ during the early 
life stages (part or all of the juvenile stage, and including the larval 
stage for bony fishes) have been distinctly understudied. Yet, a recent 
increase in efforts is shedding new light on the early life stages of 
large marine vertebrates, as well as their reproduction. Examples of such 
research include the mapping of reproductive areas in relation to 
oceanographic conditions, understanding the processes influencing 
reproductive output, and investigating how the survival and behavior of 
early life stages vary with biotic and abiotic conditions. The comparative 
approach of bringing together knowledge and perspectives gained from 
studying this taxonomically broad but important group of organisms should 
provide greater insight into general patterns and processes influencing 
the survival and conservation of the world’s large marine vertebrates.

Lesley Thorne, PhD
School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5000
lesley.thorne at stonybrook.edu

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