[MARMAM] Ocean Sciences 2016 session, 'Physical-biological interactions at ocean fronts: from processes to predators'

Kylie Scales - NOAA Affiliate kylie.scales at noaa.gov
Thu Aug 27 17:00:42 PDT 2015

Are you interested in how marine mammals interact with their oceanic
Does your work investigate (sub-)mesoscale oceanographic influence on
at-sea habitat use?
Does your study species associate with ocean fronts, or are they
ecologically significant features of your study system?
If so, we need you!

We are seeking abstracts for an Ocean Sciences (New Orleans, Feb 2016)
session, 'Physical-biological interactions at ocean fronts: from processes
to predators'.  Further details are given below.
We aim to make this an engaging session with an interdisciplinary,
cross-taxon focus and opportunities for discussion with experts from across
the fields of marine ecology, biologging, physical oceanography, remote
sensing and oceanographic modelling.

Abstracts can be submitted at
The submission deadline is 23 September 2015, 23:59EDT.

Session info:
Ocean fronts are sharp horizontal gradients in physical properties such as
temperature, salinity and density. Fronts manifest throughout the oceans
over a range of spatio-temporal scales, from ephemeral sub-mesoscale
features in shelf seas to persistent basin-scale water mass boundaries in
the open oceans. Under certain conditions, bio-physical coupling along
fronts can lead to enhanced primary productivity and the aggregation of
zooplankton and micronekton.  This low trophic level enhancement is known
to attract marine predators including seabirds, cetaceans, turtles,
pinnipeds, sharks and tuna to front-associated foraging and migration
habitats.  However, key questions remain regarding the mechanisms through
which the physical properties of fronts interact with prey field dynamics
and the foraging ecology of marine predators to influence associations.  A
better understanding of the physical-biological interactions that occur at
fronts, and the influence of spatial scale, frontal persistence and wider
regional oceanography is required to ascertain their ecological importance,
and predict future shifts in critical predator habitats.  This session
seeks to gather researchers to share new insights into physical-biological
interactions at fronts in pelagic systems.  We particularly encourage
inter-disciplinary presentations that integrate model-derived or
remotely-sensed oceanographic data with biological indices to elucidate the
mechanistic links between physical processes, predators and prey.

*Dr. Kylie L. Scales | *Assistant Project Scientist
Environmental Research Division
NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center
99 Pacific Street, Suite #255A
Monterey, CA 93940, USA
kylie.scales at noaa.gov | +1 (831) 648-8516
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