Linking Science to Management: A Conference & Workshop on the Florida Keys Marine Ecosystem -- October 19-22, 2010 Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuaries National Park Service NOAA UF/IFAS USGS Linking Science to Management: A Conference & Workshop on the Florida Keys Marine Ecosystem

NOW FEATURING MOVIE NIGHT
with Viewing of Randy Olson's Film
Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Registration Opens [Ballroom Foyer & Reef Room]

5:00pm - 6:30pm

Informal Welcome Social - Session One Poster Presenters Put up Displays 
[Key Deer, Sea Turtle, Manatee & Dolphin Deck]

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Remembering Brian Keller

8:00pm - 10:00pm

Screening of the movie “Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy” by Randy Olson

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

7:00am - 5:30pm

Registration Opens [Ballroom Foyer & Reef Room]

7:00am - 8:00am

Morning Refreshments [Key Deer, Sea Turtle, Manatee & Dolphin Deck]

8:00am - 10:00am

Session I: Opening Plenary

Moderator: John Hunt, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Marathon, FL

8:00am

Welcome, Introductions, Remembrances — John Hunt, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Marathon, FL  Presentation 

8:05am

Keynote Presentation — Jeremy Jackson, Ritter Professor of Oceanography and Director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA  Presentation 

9:00am

Today’s Management Challenges: Issues for the Keys Marine Ecosystem — Billy Causey, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Southeast Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Region, Key West, FL  Presentation 

9:30am

Human Dimensions and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS): Reflections of Two Decades of Change in the Wider Socioeconomic Environment and Stakeholders in the Florida Keys — Manoj Shivlani, NTVI, Center for Independent Experts, Miami, FL  Presentation 

10:00am

Break  [Key Deer, Sea Turtle, Manatee & Dolphin Deck]

10:30am - 12:00pm

Session II:  Large-Scale Processes Affecting the Keys Marine Ecosystem

Moderator:John Hunt, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Marathon, FL

10:30am

Physical Factors Driving the Oceanographic Regime around the Florida Keys — Villy Kourafalou, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Miami, FL  Presentation 

11:00am

Geological Underpinnings of Keys Reefs, from Jurassic Park to the Conch Republic — Gene Shinn, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL  Presentation 

11:30am

Florida’s Coral Reefs in a Caribbean Context — Rich Aronson, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL  Presentation 

12:00pm

Lunch Provided [The Terrace Restaurant]

1:10pm - 3:15pm

Session III: Present State of the Keys Marine Ecosystem

Moderator: Sarah Fangman, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Southeast Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Region, Savannah, GA

1:10pm

Session IntroductionSarah Fangman, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Southeast Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Region, Savannah, GA

1:15pm

Compound Interest: The Value of Long-Term Water Quality Monitoring in the FKNMSJoe Boyer, Florida International University, Southeast Environmental Research Center, Miami, FL  Presentation 

1:45pm

Long-Term Monitoring of Benthic Community Structure Points Decadal-Scale Increases in Nutrient Availability in the Florida Keys — Jim Fourqurean, Florida International University, Biological Sciences and SERC , North Miami, FL  Presentation 

2:15pm

Long-Term Changes in Benthic Community Composition Observed by CREMP in the FKNMS Rob Ruzicka, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, St. Petersburg, FL  Presentation 

2:45pm

Population Assessments of Benthic Coral Reef Organisms in the Florida Keys: 1999-2009 — Steven Miller, UNC Wilmington, Key Largo, FL  Presentation 

3:15pm

Break  [Key Deer, Sea Turtle, Manatee & Dolphin Deck]

3:30pm - 5:30pm

Session III: Present State and Change Over time of the Keys Ecosystem (continued)

Moderator:Sarah Fangman, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Southeast Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Region, Savannah, GA

3:30pm

Fishery Dynamics of the South Florida Marine Ecosystem Jerry Ault, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Miami, FL  Presentation 

4:00pm

Science and Policy Considerations for Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning in Florida and the Wider CaribbeanJohn Ogden, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL  Presentation 

4:30pm

Panel Discussion

5:30pm - 8:00pm

Poster Session One & Networking Social
 [Key Deer, Sea Turtle, Manatee & Dolphin Deck]
NOTE: Session One presenters to remove poster displays upon conclusion.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

7:00am - 5:30pm

Registration Opens [Ballroom Foyer & Reef Room]

7:00am - 8:00am

Morning Refreshments [Key Deer, Sea Turtle, Manatee & Dolphin Deck]

8:00am - 10:00am

Session IV: Coral Reef Ecology and Restoration

Moderator: Kim Ritchie, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL

8:00am

Spatial Dynamics of Scleractinian Coral Populations in the Florida Keys — Dione Swanson, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Miami, FL  Presentation 

8:15am

Acropora Coral Species Status and Trends in Dry Tortugas National Park (DTNP)Douglas Morrison, Dry Tortugas National Park, South Florida Natural Resources Center, Homestead, FL  Presentation 

8:30am

Acropora cervicornis Restoration: Coral Restoration Foundation’s Seven-Year Summary for the Upper Keys — Katie Grablow, Coral Restoration Foundation, Tavernier, FL  Presentation 

8:45am

Testing Coral Transplant Performance: Aquarius Coral Restoration/Resilience Experiments (ACRRE) — Margaret Miller, NOAA/NMFS, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Miami, FL  Presentation 

9:00am

Drivers of Population Decline in Acropora palmata in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary — Dana Williams, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Miami, FL  Presentation                        

9:15am Coral Reefs of the Lower Florida Keys (1970-1974): A Re-analysisSteven Miller, UNC Wilmington, Key Largo, FL  Presentation 

9:30am

Fertilization Ecology and Early Life Stages in Threatened Caribbean Acroporid CoralsNicole Fogarty, Smithsonian Marine Station, Fort Pierce, FL  Presentation 

9:45am

Variation in the Genetic Response to High Temperatures in Montastraea faveolata Embryos from the Florida Keys and Mexico — Nicholas Polato, Penn State University, Department of Biology, University Park, PA  Presentation 

10:00am

Break [Key Deer, Sea Turtle, Manatee & Dolphin Deck]

10:30am - 12:45pm

Session IV: Coral Reef Ecology and Restoration (continued)

Moderator:Kim Ritchie, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL

10:30am

Towards a Better Understanding of Coral Recruitment — Raphael Ritson-Williams, Smithsonian Marine Station, Fort Pierce, FL  Presentation 

10:45am

Using Early Life Stages of Hard Corals to Understand Coral-Bacterial Relationships — Koty Sharp, Ocean Genome Legacy, Ipswich, MA  Presentation 

11:00am

Gene Transfer Agents in the Reef Environment — John Paul, University of South Florida, College of Marine Science, St. Petersburg, FL  Presentation 

11:15am

Using Microarrays to Compare Bacterial Community Changes between Healthy and Diseased Corals — Christina Kellogg, US Geological Survey, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, St. Petersburg, FL  Presentation 

11:30am

Black Band Disease Pathogenesis and Impacts in the Florida Keys — Joshua Voss, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University, Fort Pierce, FL  Presentation 

11:45am

Ecological Impacts of Sponge Nutrient Cycling on the Florida Keys Reef Ecosystem — Patrick Gibson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Marine Sciences, Chapel Hill, NC  Presentation 

12:00pm

Florida’s “Redwood of the Reef”: Growth, Age, Demographics and Bleaching of the Caribbean Giant Barrel Sponge, Xestospongia — Joseph Pawlik, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC  Presentation 

12:15pm

Panel Discussion

12:45pm - 2:00pm

Lunch Provided [The Terrace Restaurant]

2:00pm - 3:45pm

Session V: Climate Change and the Florida Keys Marine Ecosystem

Moderator: Jim Fourqurean, Florida International University, Biological Sciences and SERC, North Miami, FL

2:00pm

Ocean Heat Budget for the Florida Reef Tract: Methods, Climatology, and the Thermal Siphon — Lewis Gramer, University of Miami, Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies, Miami, FL  Presentation 

2:15pm

Sea Surface Temperature, Salinity, and Chlorophyll Variability in the Florida Keys and Surrounding Coastal Waters, 1997 - 2010: Means, Seasonal Patterns, Interannual Variability, and Extreme Events — Elizabeth Johns, NOAA/AOML, Miami, FL  Presentation 

2:30pm

Application of Downscaled Climate Models to the Florida Keys and Florida Bay Marine Ecosystems — Barbara Muhling, University of Miami, Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies, Miami, FL  Presentation 

2:45pm

Responses of a Nearshore Seagrass Community to In Situ CO2 Fertilization — Justin Campbell, Florida International University, Biological Sciences, North Miami, FL  Presentation 

3:00pm

Halimeda Dynamics Relative to Nutrients Availability in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary: A Good Indicator of Productivity and Acidification — Ligia Collado-Vides, Florida International University, Biological Sciences and SERC, Miami, FL  Presentation 

3:15pm

Calcification in a Changing Ocean Environment — Ilsa Kuffner, US Geological Survey, St. Petersburg, FL  Presentation 

3:30pm

Coral Sclerochronology in the Florida Keys: Historical Variability, Climate Change, and Ocean Acidification — Kevin Helmle, University of Miami, Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies and NOAA/AOML, Miami, FL

3:45pm-4:15pm

Break  [Key Deer, Sea Turtle, Manatee & Dolphin Deck]

4:15pm - 5:30pm

Session V: Climate Change and the Florida Keys Marine Ecosystem (continued)

Moderator: Jim Fourqurean, Florida International University, Biological Sciences and SERC, North Miami, FL

4:15pm

Forecasting Coral Bleaching Weather for the Florida Reef Tract — Tyler Christensen, NOAA Coral Reef Watch, Silver Spring, MD  Presentation 

4:30pm

An Assessment of Five Years of Large Scale Coral Bleaching Monitoring across the South Florida Reef Tract — Meaghan Johnson, The Nature Conservancy, Sugarloaf Key, FL  Presentation 

4:45pm

Catastrophic Mortality on Inshore Reefs of the Florida Keys: Cold Water Physiology of Three Common Reef-Building Corals — Dustin Kemp, University of Georgia, Odum School of Ecology, Athens, FL  Presentation 

5:00pm

Panel Discussion

5:30pm - 8:00pm Poster Session Two & Networking Social
 [Key Deer, Sea Turtle, Manatee & Dolphin Deck]

Friday, October 22, 2010

8:00am - 9:30am

Session VI: Food Webs, Trophic Cascade, and Population Ecology

Moderator: Kristen Hart, US Geological Survey, Southeast Ecological Science Center, Davie, FL

8:00am

How to Disassemble a Coral Reef: Historical Declines in Florida Keys’ Reef Ecosystems — Loren McClenachan, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA

8:15am

From the Macro to the Micro: Testing the Cascading Effects of Nutrient Pollution and Over-Fishing on Multiple Levels of Coral Reef Biodiversity — Deron Burkpile, Florida International University, Biological Sciences, North Miami, FL  Presentation 

8:30am

A Bay Anchovy Induced Trophic Cascade in Florida Bay — Christopher Kelble, University of Miami, Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies and NOAA/AOML, Miami, FL  Presentation 

8:45am

Impacts of the Spotted Spiny Lobster (Panulirus guttatus) on Coral Patch Reef Communities of the Florida Keys — Meredith Kintzing, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA  Presentation 

9:00am

Impact of Mass Sponge Mortality and Juvenile Density on Spiny Lobster Recruitment in Florida Bay — Michael Childress, Clemson University, Biological Sciences, Clemson, SC  Presentation 

9:15am

Thirty Years of Change in Reef Fish Communities in the Florida Keys: Results from a Long-Term Monitoring Program — Benjamin Ruttenberg, NOAA/NMFS, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Miami, FL  Presentation 

9:30am

Panel Discussion

9:45am - 10:30am

Session VI: Connectivity and the Efficacy of No-take Marine Reserves

Moderator: David Hallac, Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks, Homestead, FL

9:45am

Spawning Aggregations and Migration Patterns of Mutton Snapper in Dry Tortugas, Florida — Michael Feeley, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish & Wildlife Research Institute, Marathon, FL  Presentation 

10:00am

Connectivity, Environmental Degradation, and Behavioral Influences on Disease in Lobster — Donald Behringer, Program in Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL  Presentation 

10:15am

Persistence of Dispersal Kernel Features in the Florida Keys under Average and Extreme Climatic Conditions — Claire Paris, Applied Marine Physics, Miami, FL  Presentation 

10:30am - 11:00am

Break  [Key Deer, Sea Turtle, Manatee & Dolphin Deck]
NOTE: Session Two presenters to remove poster displays upon conclusion.

11:00am - 12:30pm

Session VI: Connectivity and the Efficacy of No-take Marine Reserves (continued)

Moderator: David Hallac, Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks, Homestead, FL

11:00am

Larval Reef Fish Assemblages in the Florida Keys and the Influence of Mesoscale Eddies — Kathryn Shulzitski, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Marine Biology and Fisheries Department, Miami, FL  Presentation 

11:15am

Condition of Coral Reef Fish Larvae along the Florida Keys Shelf: Implications for Connectivity — Martha Hauff, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Marine Biology and Fisheries Department, Miami, FL  Presentation 

11:30am

Population Connectivity of Coral Reef Fishes along the Florida Keys Shelf: An Integrated Field and Modeling Analysis — Su Sponaugle, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Marine Biology and Fisheries Department, Miami, FL  Presentation 

11:45am

Why Sanctuary Preservation Areas (SPAs) are Necessary for the Sustainable Management of Queen Conch in the Florida Keys — Robert Glazer, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish & Wildlife Research Institute, Marathon, FL  Presentation 

12:00pm

Spiny Lobster Movement and Population Metrics at the Western Sambo Ecological Reserve — Rodney Bertelsen, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish & Wildlife Research Institute, Marathon, FL  Presentation 

12:15pm

Coral Reef Fishes within the Dry Tortugas National Park: Effects of Three Years of Protection by the Research Natural Area — Sean Keenan, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish & Wildlife Research Institute, Marathon, FL  Presentation 

12:30pm-2:00pm

Lunch Provided [The Terrace Restaurant]
NOTE: Poster boards will be removed by exhibit services vendor at this time.

2:00pm - 3:15pm

Session VI: Connectivity and the Efficacy of No-take Marine Reserves (continued)

Moderator: David Hallac, Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks, Homestead, FL

2:00pm

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function of Shallow Bank Systems within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary — John Burke, NOAA, NOS, CCFHR, Beaufort, NC  Presentation 

2:15pm

Responses of Benthic Coral Reef Organisms to the Zoning Action Plan for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary — Mark Chiappone, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, Center for Marine Science, Key Largo, FL  Presentation 

2:30pm

Coral Loss and the Long-Term Effects of No-Take Reserves on Florida’s Coral Reefs — Lauren Toth, Florida Institute of Technology, Biological Sciences Department, Melbourne, FL  Presentation 

2:45pm

Panel Discussion

3:15pm - 3:45pm

Break  [Key Deer, Sea Turtle, Manatee & Dolphin Deck]

3:45pm - 5:00pm

Session VII: Science Synthesis for Managers

Moderator: John Hunt, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Marathon, FL

3:45pm

A Decision Support System for Ecosystem-Based Management of Tropical Coral Reef Environments — Frank Muller-Karger, University of South Florida, College of Marine Science, St. Petersburg, FL  Presentation 

3:55pm

Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Coastal and Watershed Management — Patricia Bradley, US EPA, Office of Research and Development, Key West, FL  Presentation 

4:05pm

Ecological Scorecards: A Powerful Communication Tool Capable of Distilling Complex Technical Information into a Format Useable by Many — Robert Brock, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Protected Areas Center, Silver Spring, MD  Presentation 

4:15pm

Methods and Benefits of Incorporating Human Dimensions into Integrated Conceptual Ecosystem Models — Grace Johns, Hazen and Sawyer, Hollywood, FL  Presentation 

4:25pm

An Assessment of Science Needs Based on an Integrated Conceptual Ecosystem Model of the Florida Keys: The MARES Project — Peter Ortner, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Miami, FL  Presentation 

4:35pm

Panel Discussion

5:00pm

Conference Concludes

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