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2014 Marine Biodiversity & Conservation Symposium


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Thursday, May 29, 2014
9:00am - 5:00pm

9:00am     Welcome (Peg Brandon, SEA President)
9:05am     Program Overview and Introductions
10:00am   Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue
10:30am   Intro to Conservation Strategy
10:45am   Fisheries Strategy
11:45am   John Hanning, Archimedes Aerospace
12:00pm   Intro to Biodiversity Research
~Break~
2:00pm     Shipping Strategy
3:00pm     Vera Agostini, The Nature Conservancy
3:30pm     Biodiversity Strategy (Students)
4:30pm     David Freestone, The Sargasso Sea
                   Alliance
5:00pm     Conclusion

SEA Semester/Sea Education Association
171 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth, MA

Formal presentations from SEA Semester MBC 2014 students on high seas biodiversity and conservation. Presentations will be heard by an invited panel of science and policy experts including:

  • Tundi Agardy, Forest Trends Association
  • Vera Agostini, The Nature Conservancy
  • Linda Amaral-Zettler, Marine Biology Laboratory
  • Leo Blanco-Bercial, University of Connecticut
  • Ann Bucklin, University of Connecticut
  • Sylvia Earle, Sylvia Earle Alliance, Mission Blue
  • David Freestone, Sargasso Sea Alliance
  • Kristina Gjerde, IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme
  • Annette Govindarajan, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • John Hanning, Archimedes Aerospace
  • Meaghan Jeans, New England Aquarium
  • Caleb McClennen, Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Chris McGuire, The Nature Conservancy
  • Erik Olsen, Institute of Marine Research (Norway), Guest Investigator Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Jackie Webb, University of Rhode Island

Special Program Features

Students will present research utilizing practical science and policy research skills, including:

  • Ecological statistics
  • Conservation planning with GIS
  • Microscopy and morphological taxonomy
  • DNA extraction
  • PCR
  • Fingerprinting [RFLP]
  • Phylogenetic probes [Fluorescence In-Situ Hybridization; FISH]
  • Sequencing
  • Cultural Landscape Analysis
  • Stakeholder research
  • Marine Spatial Planning

Past Attendees

2013 Symposium Attendees

Tundi Agardy, Forest Trends Association
Ann Bucklin, University of Connecticut
Linda Amaral-Zettler, Marine Biology Laboratory
Steve Gephard, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Annette Govindarajin, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Brenda Jensen, Hawaii Pacific University       
Jack Kittinger, Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions/Conservation International
Rod Mather, University of Rhode Island
Caleb McClennen, Wildlife Conservation Society*
Chris McGuire, The Nature Conservancy*
Steve Olsen, University of Rhode Island
Robbie Smith, Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo

2012 Symposium Attendees
Tundi Agardy, Forest Trends Association
Linda Amaral-Zettler, Marine Biology Laboratory
Adam Baske, Pew Environmental Group
Ann Bucklin, University of Connecticut
Dan Distel, Ocean Genome Legacy Foundation
David Freestone, Sargasso Sea Alliance
Caleb McClennen, Wildlife Conservation Society*
Clare Morall, St. George's University, Grenada
Paul Snelgrove, Memorial University 
Andrew Solow, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Heather Tausig, New England Aquarium
Simon Thorrold, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Ole Varmer, NOAA Office of the General Counsel

*Denotes SEA Semester alumni

Download examples of student posters from previous Marine Biodiversity & Conservation symposiums (2.7MB):

MBC Posters

For more information about the event, to obtain photographs or request interviews, please contact Jennica Deely, Marketing Coordinator, jdeely@sea.edu; 508-540-3954 x523