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Plankton 2011: Biodiversity and Global Change Symposium. September 2011

Location: Plymouth, United KIngdom
Event Type: Meeting
Event Date: 2011-09-22    
End Date: 2011-09-23

Event Description:
Plankton 2011: An international symposium on plankton biodiversity and global change in the aquatic systems.

To celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey, The Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science will host Plankton 2011. It will seek to identify causes and consequences of long-term changes in plankton communities in fresh and marine waters. The Symposium will be held on 22nd and 23rd September 2011 in Plymouth Guildhall. For more information and to register your interest please go to

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Event programme:
Session A: Celebrating 80 years of the CPR Survey

Invited Speaker John Spicer Alister Hardy - the man and his beliefs.

John is Professor of Marine Biology and Deputy Head of School of Marine Sciences and Engineering at the University of Plymouth. His research is on invertebrates with a particular interest in their biodiversity. He also has a deep interest in the personal motivation of the scientific process.

Keynote Speaker Chris Reid What have we learnt in the 80 years of the North Atlantic CPR Survey?

Chris is a Senior Researcher at SAHFOS, Professor of Oceanography at the University of Plymouth and Honorary Fellow of the Marine Biological Association. He was Director of SAHFOS from 1994 to 2006. Following a PhD at the University of Sheffield, he lectured in Geology for three years before converting to marine science when he joined the CPR survey at the Oceanographic Laboratory in Edinburgh in 1973. His research interests have ranged widely during his career from palaeoglaciations, to protist encystment, to understanding plankton spatio-temporal variability. More recently his work has focused on the impacts of the oceans on climate change, promotion of the globalisation of the CPR survey and the [public] understanding of climate change. He received the Ecological Engagement Award of the British Ecological Society in 2008.

Session B: Changing plankton communities

Keynote Speaker Trevor Platt. Visible spectral radiometry: phytoplankton time series from remote sensing of ocean colour

Trevor is a Research Scientist at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory. He also holds an emeritus position at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dalhousie, Canada. He is Executive Director of POGO (Partnership for Observations of the Global Oceans). Trevor is an oceanographer whose interests cover a broad range of topics related to the marine ecosystem and its physical context. He is actively involved in international coordination of marine science and in teaching it to scholars from developing nations. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1998.

Speaker: Dr Graham Hosie. Graham is a Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Antarctic Division. He has been studying zooplankton and krill for nearly 30 years. He has participated in 17 expeditions to Antarctica, leading a number of the expeditions. He is Director of the SCAR Southern Ocean CPR Survey, which monitors plankton around Antarctica. He is co-Director of the Australian AusCPR Survey and a trustee of SAHFOS. He is member of a number of international committee's including SCAR's committees on Life Sciences and CPR research, and is an invited expert to the SCAR-Marine Biodiversity Information Network and the Census of Antarctic Marine Life. His current interest is understanding the effects of environmental change on plankton composition and biogeographic patterns.

Session C: Drivers of change and their consequences

Keynote Speaker Stephen Maberly Freshwater plankton: monitoring, mechanisms and models to comprehend the past and forecast the future

Stephen is Head of the Lake Ecosystem Group at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Lancaster. He undertook his PhD at St Andrews University on competition between freshwater phytoplankton and macrophytes. He is an ecophysiologist of aquatic algae and plants and has worked on aquatic systems for around 30-years. He has a particular interest in relating changing environmental conditions, to physiological and ecological responses through laboratory experiments, field measurements, use of novel techniques and the analysis of long-term environmental data. Stephen has given keynote talks at meetings around the world, served on a number of national and international committees, is on the editorial board of several journals and is currently a Chinese Academy of Sciences 'Visiting Professor for Senior International Scientists' at Wuhan.

Session D: Looking over the horizon - development of new procedures

Keynote Speaker David Checkley Monitoring plankton in the future

Dave is a Professor of Oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California, San Diego. His interests are biological and fisheries oceanography. His studies include the effects of weather and climate on fish, the dynamics of plankton and other particles, and ocean acidification. He has devised new means to observe the plankton and other particles from ships and profiling floats. He was co-chair of Small Pelagic Fish and Climate Change program of GLOBEC and is Editor-in-Chief of Fisheries Oceanography and Director of the Cooperative Institute for Marine Ecosystems and Climate. He has been affiliated with California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations since 1992 and has a long-standing interest in monitoring the plankton.

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Registration fee: 150 €

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Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

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MarBEF supported event: No

Event within Framework of MARBEF: WP2 - Taxonomic Clearing System

Maximum number of participants: 250

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

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