Abstracts summarizing new advances in deep-sea coral systems – from the hadal to the mesophotic, and inclusive of sponges – will be considered for oral or poster presentations in the following topical areas:
- Systematics & evolution (taxonomy, fossil record, molecular phylogenetics, and macroevolutionary patterns)
- Organismal biology & natural history (reproduction, development, growth, behavior, disease, physiology, and microbiome)
- Ecological interactions (biogeochemical cycling, alterations of ocean chemistry, and carbon sequestration; links with surrounding ecosystems; hydrodynamics and food supply, trophic ecology, and bentho-pelagic coupling; habitat provision, symbiotic relationships, parasites, microbial ecology)
- Biogeography and connectivity (patterns of community composition, diversity, and distribution; habitat mapping and suitability modeling; population genetics, phylogeography and microevolutionary patterns; larval dispersal)
- Corals and changing ocean environments (paleo-oceanography and historical environmental reconstructions; biomineralization; modeling impacts of climate change, ocean acidification, and future habitat suitability)
- Technical advances and novel methods (experimental design, eDNA, omics, imaging technologies, machine learning/AI, photogrammetry, time-series; marine natural product discovery, biotechnology)
- Anthropogenic stressors (impacts from single to multiple stressors on organisms, communities and ecosystems [e.g. warming, oxygen decrease, ocean acidification, pollution]; resilience and recovery; restoration)
- Conservation and management of deep-sea coral and sponge ecosystems (identification of vulnerable biogenic habitats [VMEs, EBSAs, etc.], biodiversity conservation, fisheries MPA design, legal instruments and governance [national or high seas e.g., ABNJ])
- Use the form below to submit your abstract.
- Abstract submissions without accompanying registration payment will not be considered.
- Deadline for abstract submission is April 16, 2019 (same deadline for registration).
- Abstract title is limited to 150 characters. Abstract text is limited to 2000 characters.
- You will need to indicate your 3 top session topic choices for your abstract. Plead read session descriptions above.
- You can submit more than two abstracts as presenter, however there will be a limit of one talk presentation per presenter (Each abstract will be evaluated independently. There are no guarantees that by submitting multiple abstracts one will be selected as a talk)