[MARMAM] Ocean Sciences Session 28622 From Physics to Predators: Understanding Bottom-up Forcing of Pelagic Ecosystems

Briana Abrahms - NOAA Affiliate briana.abrahms at noaa.gov
Wed Aug 2 14:23:06 PDT 2017


Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to submit an abstract to the Ocean Sciences 2018 Session *'From
Physics to Predators: Understanding Bottom-up Forcing of Pelagic
Ecosystems'*. Abstracts can be submitted here:
https://agu.confex.com/agu/os18/preliminaryview.cgi/Session28622. The
submission deadline is 6 September 2017, 11:59 P.M. EDT.

*Session ID*: 28622
*Topic Area*: Ecology and Physical Interactions
*Session Description*: Physical oceanography is a fundamental determinant
of micro- and macroecology in our oceans, driving vertebrate distributions
and interactions through bottom-up processes. Understanding how
oceanographic processes influence marine vertebrate distribution and
ecology is not only of key interest to ecologists, but is also necessary
for effective species conservation and management. A wealth of correlative
studies have revealed the strong links between oceanography and vertebrate
ecology, however holistic understanding of the mechanisms underlying these
relationships remains limited due to the complex nature of these dynamic
processes. The rapid advancement of animal tracking technologies, coupled
with sophisticated ocean modeling and monitoring tools, now allow
researchers to better interrogate these drivers. In this session we solicit
contributions on established and potential mechanisms linking ocean
biophysics to vertebrate distribution and ecology, from disciplines
spanning physical oceanography to community ecology. The research shared in
this session will highlight data sources, methods, and areas of opportunity
to foster further cross-disciplinary research on marine physical-ecological
systems.

We welcome a broad range of current research related to this topic.
Examples of marine mammal research that would fit well include identifying
the drivers underlying associations between marine mammals and mesoscale
ocean features (e.g. Della Penna et al. 2015, Scientific Reports), or
applying mechanistic models to predict marine mammal density or
distribution based on physical or biotic factors (e.g. Pardo et al. 2015,
PLoS ONE).

Primary Chair:  *Briana Abrahms*, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center,
Environmental Research Division, Monterey, CA, United States
Co-chairs:  *Stephanie Brodie*, *Elliott L. Hazen* and *Isaac D Schroeder*,
NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Environmental Research Division,
Monterey, CA, United States
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