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l Introduction & Purpose l Poster Directory l Travel Information
l Who Should Attend l Post-Symposium Field Trips l Area Information
l Call for Abstracts l Registration Information l Symposium Organizers
l Poster Information l Meeting Location l Symposium Coordinator
l Symposium Proceedings l Hotel Accommodations l Local Arrangement Committee
l Symposium Themes l Financial Assistance l ISDSC Steering Committee
l Agenda l Symposium Sponsors
l Printable Brochure (PDF) l Proceedings of the 2nd ISDSC
l Program and Abstract Book

Introduction & Purpose

Understanding the ecosystem role, function and value of deep-sea corals and associated fauna has become a priority topic for many national governments and international regional resource management bodies. Continuing with the tradition of the 1st Symposium in Halifax, Canada (2000), and 2nd Symposium in Erlangen, Germany (2003), the 3rd International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals will facilitate global exchange of the current scientific knowledge of deep-sea corals and associated fauna and to discuss possible statutory means available to conserve and protect deep-sea habitat.

The 3rd International Symposium will provide attendees from around the world with an opportunity to share their research results, identify information gaps, and discuss if deep-sea corals need special protection and if so, the statutory means available to do so. Being
international and interinstitutional in nature, the symposium also allows scientists to develop collaborative partnerships for future projects. A public forum presented by selected deep-sea coral researchers will be held one evening.

This international event will focus on scientific exchange and establishing collaborative partnerships. As several publications have recently stated, deep-sea corals are “out of sight but no longer out of mind.”

See you in America’s tropics, Miami!

Robert Brock, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service and Bob George, GIBS
Symposium Organizers

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Who Should Attend

This symposium is designed to bring together scientists, resource managers, students, and policy-makers from around the world who are actively involved in the monitoring and research management of deep-sea corals and other deep-sea habitats as well as the animals associated with them. As responsible management decisions are based upon the best available science, resource managers and policy-makers will also find this symposium invaluable to identifying information gaps and planning management activities.

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Call for Abstracts

All individuals involved in deep-sea coral research are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract under the appropriate symposium theme for consideration as an oral or poster presentation. Abstracts must
be submitted electronically by June 1, 2005 [Extended to June 10, 2005] following the detailed submission instructions provided in the link below. Thematic topic co-conveners will decide which abstracts will be presented orally and those by poster. ALL abstracts, both oral and poster, will be published in the symposium book of abstracts.

Abstract submission is closed.

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Poster Information

Poster Display

  • The poster will be in A0 DIN format (portrait): 4 ft high x 3 ft wide (1189mm x 841mm).

  • RSMAS Science & Administration Building BreezwayPoster boards will be freestanding and stationed in the Breezeway of the RSMAS Science and Administration Building.

  • Poster boards are covered with fabric, and posters can be affixed using either Velcro or ¾” long push pins. Tape is not permitted. A limited supply of Velcro tape will be available for your use during mounting, but we recommend you bring a supply with you. Multiple strips two inches in length work best.

  • Posters must be presented using the poster boards provided by the Symposium. The poster boards are contiguous, and presenters may not use their own self-contained displays. Due to space constrictions, no tables will be provided.

    Note: If this is your first poster presentation, please refer to poster display guidelines (PDF format).

Poster Session

Set-up is Tuesday, November 29 from 8:00am-1:00pm. Please have all posters up by 2:00pm. All posters will be arranged by theme then in alpha order, unless a presenter requested another poster be positioned beside their poster.

The Poster Reception will be held Tuesday, November 29, 5:30pm-7:00pm. Presenters are required to be stationed at posters from 5:30pm-6:30pm. Please be sure to grab a drink and hors d’oeuvres before you go to your poster.

Poster must be removed on Friday, December 2, 12:00pm. The poster display boards will be dismantled and removed by the vendor at 1pm on Friday, so please have your poster down by this time. If not, the conference organizers are not responsible for lost or damaged posters removed by the display board vendor.

SPECIAL NOTE: For authors presenting multiple posters, we make every attempt to position your posters within close proximity of each other. However, please note that posters are topically divided and it is possible you may have a poster presentation in different themes.

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Symposium Proceedings

Editors and Editorial Board
Bulletin of Marine Science (BMS) (No. 6 Dec. 2006)

“Deep-Water Coral Ecosystems: Science and Management”

Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals held November 28 – December 2, 2005, at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), Miami, Florida


Editors:       Prof. Robert Y. George (GIBS)
Dr. Stephen Cairns (Smithsonian Institution)

Geology:     Dr. Peter Swart (RSMAS)
Dr. William Schroeder (University of Alabama)
Dr. Marco Taviani (ISMAR - Italy)

Biology:      Mr. John Reed (Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution)
Dr. Kenneth Sulak (U.S. Geological Survey)
Dr. Lance Morgan (Marine Conservation Biology Institute)
Dr. Pal Mortensen (Institute of Marine Research - Norway)

And:           Dr. Su Sponaugle (BMS)
Dr. Rafael Araujo (BMS)

All contributors (oral and posters) to the symposium are encouraged to submit a paper to the proceedings of the symposium for publication in March 2007 as a regular number of the Bulletin of Marine Sciences. Manuscripts should be a minimum of six pages and a maximum of ten pages. Deadline to submit a manuscript is February 16, 2006. Editors will meet with the BMS Editorial Board on Nov. 28, 2005, in Miami during the symposium. Further details will be given to all symposium participants during the symposium. 

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Symposium Themes & Conveners

Theme 1 Systematics and Zoogeography
   Conveners: Stephen Cairns (USA) and Timothy Shank (USA)
Theme 2A Habitat Mapping, Sampling and Characterization
   Conveners: Anthony Grehan (Ireland) and Kathy Scanlon (USA)
Theme 2B Habitat Mapping, Sampling and Characterization
Conveners: Anthony Grehan (Ireland) and Kathy Scanlon (USA)
Theme 3A Geology: Palaeontology
Conveners: Peter Swart (USA) and Michael Risk (Canada)
Theme 3B Geology: Climate Change
   Conveners: Peter Swart (USA) and Michael Risk (Canada)
Theme 4 Coral Biology: Feeding, Growth and Reproduction Characterization
   Conveners: Tomas Lundalv (Sweden) and Sandra Brooke (USA)
Theme 5 Biodiversity: Microbial and Invertebrate Association
   Conveners: Robert George (USA) and Pål Mortensen (Norway)
Theme 6 Fish Ecology
   Conveners: Anthony Koslow (Australia) and Kenneth Sulak (USA)
Theme 7 Ecosystem-Based Management
   Conveners: Steve Murawski (USA) and Susan Gass (Scotland)
Theme 8 Conservation and Protection of Deep-Sea Corals
   Conveners: Murray Roberts (UK) and Dorothy Zbicz (USA)

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Monday, November 28, 2005    (Doubletree Hotel Coconut Grove)









Opening Session & Welcome

Conveners: Dr. Robert Brock, NOAA Fisheries Service and
Prof. Robert George, George Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability

Dr. Otis Brown, Dean, University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

Mr. Timothy Keeney, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Dr. Suzette Kimball, Regional Director of the Eastern Region, U.S. Geological Survey

Dr. James Kendall, Chief Scientist, U.S. Minerals Management Service

Symposium Dedication


Welcome Reception

Tuesday, November 29, 2005
    (University of Miami RSMAS)


Bus Shuttle from Doubletree Hotel to the University of Miami RSMAS


Poster Presenters Set-Up Displays


Registration Open



Theme 1: Systematics and Zoogeography

Conveners: Dr. Stephen Cairns, National Museum Of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (USA) and Dr. Timothy Shank, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (USA)


Keynote: Deep-Water Corals: A PrimerStephen Cairns


Low Sequence Variability within Anthozoan Mitochondrial Genomes: Are Antipatharian Noncoding Regions the Exception? Mercer R. Brugler and Scott C. France


Genetic Analysis of Bamboo Corals: Does Lack of Colony Branching Distinguish Lepidisis from Keratoisis? Scott C. France


A Molecular Phylogenetic Perspective on Diversity and Species Boundaries of Deep-Sea Scleractinian Corals from the Southeastern U.S. and Gulf of Mexico Cheryl L. Morrison, Robin Johnson, Steve W. Ross, Kenneth J. Sulak, Robert J. Toonen and Tim L. King


The Cinderella of the Nuclear Sequences? Contribution of ITS2 Sequences and Predicted RNA Secondary Structures to Octocoral Systematics Juan Armando Sánchez


Refreshment Break


Population Genetic Structure of the Deep-Sea Precious Coral Corallium secundum from the Hawaiian Archipelago Based on Microsatellites Amy R. Baco


Nuclear Sequences Distinguish Oculina Species by Geography, not Classical Taxonomy – Michael E. Hellberg and Margaret W. Miller


Ecology, Systematics, and the Evolution of Stylasterid Coral Diversity (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa: Stylasteridae) Alberto Lindner


Corallum Growth Modifications in Black Corals as an Effect of Associated Fauna: Implications for the Taxonomy Tina Molodtsova and N. Budaeva


Shape Variation Analysis of the Deep-Sea Star Coral (Deltocyathus calcar) Javier Reyes


Studies on Azooxanthellate Hard Corals in India Krishmanmoor Venkataraman


Lunch On Own


Theme 3A: Geology: Paleontology

Conveners: Dr. Michael Risk, McMaster University (Canada) and
Dr. Peter Swart, University of Miami RSMAS (USA)


Keynote: The Climate Record From Deep-Water Corals Rules, Because Geochemistry Finally Married Paleontology Michael Risk


Danian Bryozoan and Coral Mounds in Denmark - Ancient Analogues to Modern Deep-Sea Coral Mounds? - Morten Bjerager and Finn Surlyk


IODP Expedition 307 Unravelled the Deep Secrets of the Cold Water Coral Banks in the Porcupine Seabight - Ben De Mol, Timothy Ferdelman, Akihiro Kano, Trevor Williams, Kohei Abe, Miriam S. Andres, Morten Bjerager, Emily L. Browning, Barry A. Cragg, Boris Dorschel, Anneleen Foubert, Tracy D. Frank, Yuji Fuwa, Phillippe Gaillot, Jamshid J. Gharib, Jay M. Gregg, Veerle Ann Ida Huvenne, Philippe Léonide, Xianghui Li, Kai Mangelsdorf, Xavier Monteys, Akiko Tanaka, Ivana Novosel, Saburo Sakai, Vladimir A. Samarkin, Keiichi Sasaki, Arthur J. Spivack, Chizuru Takashima, Juergen Titschack, Jean-Pierre Henriet and shipboard party of IODP LEG 307


The Influence of Bottom Currents and Cold-Water Corals on Mound Growth on the Irish Continental Margin – The Recent Situation and Initial Results from IODP Expedition 307 - Boris Dorschel, Dierk Hebbeln, Anneleen Foubert, Martin White and Expedition 307 scientific party


From Surface Coring to Deep Drilling on Challenger Mound in the Porcupine Seabight, W of IrelandAnneleen Foubert, Boris Dorschel, Veerle A.I. Huvenne, Juergen Titschack, Jean-Pierre Henriet, and the IODP Expedition 307 Shipboard Scientific Party


Refreshment Break


Distribution of Cold-Water Corals in the Gulf of Cádiz under Changing Late Quaternary Climate Conditions - Dierk Hebbeln, Claudia Wienberg and Boris Dorschel


The Initial Stages of Large Coral Bank Formation: New Insights from Present-Day Analogues and from the First Results of IODP Expedition 307 in the Porcupine Seabight - Veerle A.I. Huvenne, Boris Dorschel, Anneleen Foubert, Ben De Mol and the IODP Expedition 307 Shipboard Scientific Party


Azooxanthellate Coral Communities on a Diapiric Continental Margin (Colombian Caribbean) - Nadiezhda Santodomingo, Javier Reyes, Adriana Gracia, Germán Ojeda and Juan Ramón Peláez


Pliocene Deep-Water Coral Limestones from the NW Apennines (Italy) and Their Links to Hydrocarbon Seepage - Marco Taviani, S. Cavagna, P. Clari, F. Dela Pierre and M. Lopez Correa


Description and Depositional History of the Plio-Pleistocene Deep-Water Coral Facies from Messina (southern Italy) - Comparison with Recent Environments - Agostina Vertino, André Freiwald, Italo Di Geronimo and Paolo Pino


Sediment Mounds at the Shelf Margin of the East China Sea, Possible Deep Water Coral Reefs? - Ping Yin, Serge Berne and Zhenxia Liu


Lunch On Own



Theme 2A: Habitat Mapping, Sampling and Characterization

Conveners: Dr. Kathy Scanlon, U.S. Geological Survey (USA) and
Dr. Anthony Grehan, National University Of Ireland-Galway (Ireland)


Keynote: Distribution and Status of Cold-Water Coral Ecosystems in Coastal Channels in the NE Skagerrak, Norway and Sweden  Tomas Lundälv


Deep-Water Sponge and Coral Habitats in the Coastal Waters of British Columbia, Canada: Multibeam and ROV Survey ResultsKim W. Conway, J. Vaughn Barrie, William C. Austin, Phillip R. Hill, and M. Krautter


Morphology and Sediment Dynamics of Initial Cold-Water Coral Mounds (Moira mounds) in the Porcupine SeabightAnneleen Foubert, Veerle A. I.  Huvenne, Andy Wheeler, J. Opderbecke and Jean-Pierre Henriet


ROV Investigations of Cold-Water Coral Habitats along the Porcupine Bank Margin, West Coast of IrelandAnthony J. Grehan, Margaret Wilson, Janine Guinan, James O'Riordan, Levente Molnar, Edin Omerdic, Jenny Ullgren, Erwan Le Guilloux, Daniel Toal and Colin Brown


Bathymetry Model of a Vertical Lophelia pertusa Reef in the Trondheim Fjord, Norway Martin Ludvigsen and Johanna Järnegren


Refreshment Break


Identification and Characterization of Deepwater Coral Communities on Continental Shelf-Edge Reefs and Banks in the Northwestern Gulf of MexicoGeorge P. Schmahl, Emma L. Hickerson and Douglas C. Weaver


Seabed Characteristics at Sites Where Lophelia pertusa Occur in the Northern and Eastern Gulf of MexicoWilliam W. Schroeder


ROV-Based Habitat Mapping on Franken Mound, West Rockall Bank, NE Atlantic Claudia Wienberg, Sebastian Heidkamp and Dierk Hebbeln


Deep-Sea Corals in the New England Seamounts:  Habitat Mapping Today and their Distribution in the Past Jess F. Adkins, Daniel Scheirer, Laura Robinson and Tim Shank


Structure-Forming Benthic Invertebrates: Habitat Distributions on the Continental Margins of Oregon and WashingtonNatalie A. Strom, Chris Goldfinger, W. Waldo Wakefield and Brian N. Tissot


Substrate and Physical Features as Predictors of Deep-Sea Coral Habitats in the Aleutian IslandsDoug Woodby, Dave Carlile, Bob Stone, Jon Heifetz, Jennifer Reynolds and Gary Greene



Theme 5: Biodiversity: Microbial And Invertebrate Association

Conveners: Dr. Pål l Mortensen, Institute Of Marine Research (Norway) and Prof. Robert George, George Institute For Biodiversity And Sustainability (USA)


Keynote: Deep-Sea Coral Microbial Ecology Christina Kellogg


Characterization of Bacterial Communities Associated with Deep-Sea Corals on Gulf of Alaska Seamounts - Naomi Ward, Kevin Penn and Dongying Wu


Productivity and Abundance of Invertebrate-Associated Microbes in Sponges of Cold Water Coral Reefs (Rockall Trough, NE Atlantic) - Fleur C. van Duyl, Cornelia Maier, Astrid Hoogstraten and Jan Hegeman


Clearance and Respiration Rates of the Deep Living Bivalve Acesta excavata (J.C. Fabricius, 1779) - Johanna Järnegren and Dag Altin


Trends in the Biodiversity of Benthic Macrofauna from Deep-Water Carbonate Mounds in the Porcupine Seabight, West of Ireland - Lea-Anne M. Henry, Rosanna Milligan and J. Murray Roberts


Refreshment Break


Key Species of Cold-Water Coral-Associated Fauna - Tim Beck and André Freiwald


Question and Answer Session


Bamboo Corals in North America - Peter J. Etnoyer and George Schmahl


Habitat Utilization and Species-Specific Associations between Galatheids and Deepwater Corals off the Southeastern United States - Martha S. Nizinski, Steve W. Ross and Kenneth J. Sulak


Invertebrate Assemblages on Deep-Sea Corals on Seamounts in the Gulf of Alaska - Thomas C. Shirley, Amy R. Baco, Danielle Parker and Jon Warrenchuk


Biodiversity and Biogeography of Communities Associated with Lophelia pertusa in the Northern Gulf of Mexico - Erik E. Cordes, Michael P. McGinley, Elizabeth L. Podowski and Charles R. Fisher


Poster Reception
*Poster presenters must be stationed by their poster from 5:30pm-6:30pm.


Bus Shuttle from the University of Miami RSMAS to the Doubletree Hotel

Wednesday, November 30, 2005
    (University of Miami RSMAS)


Bus Shuttle from Doubletree Hotel to the University of Miami RSMAS


Registration Open


Theme 3B: Geology: Climate Change

Conveners: Dr. Michael Risk, McMaster University (Canada) and
Dr. Peter Swart
, University of Miami RSMAS (USA)


Keynote: Are Deep-Sea Corals Threatened by the Decline in Aragonite Saturation State in the OceanChris Langdon


Geochemical Profiles of Corals from a Dynamic Habitat: Charleston Bump, NW Blake Plateau - C. Fred T. Andrus, George R. Sedberry and Christopher S. Romanek


Will Changes in Seawater Chemistry Negatively Affect Deep-Sea Coral Ecosystems? - John M. Guinotte, James Orr, Robert George, and Lance Morgan


Antarctic Rosetta Stone: Towards a Recent Paleoceanographic Reconstruction from the Southern Ocean Using a Deep Sea Coral - Michael Lutz, A. Meibom, B. Roderick, P. Chamberlain, R. Dunbar, D. Mucciarone, and Stephan Cairns


Preliminary Evidence of Oceanic Climate Change around New Zealand over the Last Century: The Pole-Equator Seesaw - Helen Neil, Ronald Thresher, Di Tracey, Peter Marriott, Allen Andrews and Juan Sanchez


Refreshment Break


Development of Radiocarbon, Trace Element, and Stable Isotopic Records From a Deep Sea Coral: Isididae sp.- E. Brendan Roark, Stewart Fallon, Thomas P. Guilderson, Robert B. Dunbar, Malcolm McCulloch and B. Lynn Ingram


Deep Sea Corals as Recorders of North Atlantic Radiocarbon Variability - Laura F. Robinson, Jess F. Adkins, John Southon, Diego P. Fernandez and S.L. Wang


Isotope Screening on Lophelia pertusa (L.) – Reconstruction of Temperature vs. Growth Rate - Andres Rüggeberg, W.-Chr. Dullo, A. Eisenhauer, J. Fietzke, André Freiwald, B.R. Schöne and N. Andersen


A 1200-Year History of Labrador Slope Water off Nova Scotia from Nitrogen Isotopes in Deep-Sea Primnoa Corals - Owen A. Sherwood, Kumiko Azetsu-Scott, David B. Scott and Michael J. Risk


Temperature-Dependence of Mg/Ca Deposition in Keratoisis spp.: Evidence and Application to Reconstruction of Deep-Water Oceanography and Climatology in the Australian/New Zealand Region - Ronald Thresher, Helen Neil, Jess Adkins, Colin MacRae, Nick Wilson, Rob Gurney and Di Tracey


Deep-Water Antipatharians and Gorgonians: Proxies of Biogeochemical Processes? - Branwen Williams, Mike Risk, Ken Sulak, Steve Ross and Robert Stone


Lunch On Own



Theme 4: Coral Biology: Feeding, Growth And Reproduction Characterization

Conveners: Dr. Sandra Brooke, Oregon Institute Of Marine Biology (USA) and Dr. Tomas Lundälv, Tjarnoe Marine Biological Station (Sweden)


Keynote: Morphology, Growth and Feeding in Cold-Water Corals-
Pål B. Mortensen


The Exploration of the Trophic Foodweb of a Cold-Water Coral Community of the Rockall Trough by Means of Analysis of Stable Isotope (δ15N) Signatures of the Main Biota - Marc S.S. Lavaleye and Gerard C.A. Duineveld


Potential Food Sources for Deep Water Corals from Rockall Trough (NE Atlantic) Assessed by Aquarium Feeding Experiments and Stable Isotopic Composition - Cornelia Maier, Anna de Kluijver, Wolf-Rainer Abraham, Fleur C. van Duyl, Martin Agis and Markus Weinbauer


The Physiological Ecology of the Reef Framework-Forming Coral Lophelia pertusa - Lyndsey A Dodds, J Murray Roberts , Alan Taylor and Francesca Marubini


Skeletal Growth and Chemistry of Two North Atlantic Deep Water Scleractinia - Anne L. Cohen, John Crusius, Bruce H. Corliss, Robert Y. George and Tomas Lundalv


Refreshment Break


Trace-Element “Vital Effects” are a Ubiquitous Feature of Scleractinian Corals – New Data from Lophelia, Oculina and DesmophyllumDaniel. J. Sinclair, B. Williams and M. Risk


Lead-210 Dating Bamboo Coral (Family Isididae) of New Zealand and California - Allen H. Andrews, Dianne M. Tracey, Helen Neil, Gregor M. Cailliet and Cassandra M. Brooks


Age and Growth, and Age Validation of Deep-Sea Coral Family Isididae - Dianne M. Tracey, Juan. A. Sanchez, Helen Neil, Peter. Marriott, Allen. H. Andrews and Greg.M. Cailliet


Growth Pattern of Deep-Water Gorgonian (Primnoa resedaeformis pacifica) in Japan - Asako K. Matsumoto


Reproduction of Lophelia pertusa from Norway and the Northern Gulf of Mexico - Sandra Brooke, Johanna Järnegren and Martin Ludvigsen


Reproductive Ecology of Hydrocorals from the Aleutian Islands - Sandra Brooke and Robert Stone



Theme 2B: Habitat Mapping, Sampling and Characterization

Conveners: Dr. Anthony Grehan, National University Of Ireland-Galway (Ireland) and Dr. Kathy Scanlon, U.S. Geological Survey (USA)


Large-scale Associations between Habitat, Fish and Corals – Curt E. Whitmire, N. Tolimieri and M. E. Clarke; NOAA Fisheries – Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, WA, USA


Finding Suitable Areas to Conserve Lophelia Habitat on Rockall BankMark Tasker, Jason Hall-Spencer, Sabine Christiansen and Stuart Rogers


Distribution of Deep-Water Corals on the Western Margin of Little Bahama Bank, Bahama IslandsCharles G. Messing, Ryan P. Moyer, Richard Shaul and Richard E. Dodge


Southeastern U.S. Deep Sea Corals Initiative (SEADESC):  Characterizing Known Locations of Habitat-Forming Deep-Sea Corals in the South Atlantic BightTimothy Birdsong, John McDonough, Martha Nizinski, Jeremy Potter, Steve Ross, George Sedberry and Andy Shepard


Coral Habitats on the Mid-Atlantic RidgePål B. Mortensen, Lene Buhl-Mortensen, Andrey V. Gebruk and Elena M. Krylova


Distribution of Benthic Species Associations in the Belgica Mound Province, Porcupine Seabight – Ecological Aspects and Relation to Facies and Benthic Habitat FeaturesTim Beck and Anneleen Foubert


Refreshment Break


Submersible Surveys of Deep-Water Lophelia pertusa Coral Reefs off the Southeastern USA: Recent Discoveries and ResearchJohn K. Reed, Doug C. Weaver and Shirley A. Pomponi


ROV Surveys of Oculina Banks Marine Reserve: Habitat Mapping and Fish-Habitat Associations Stacey L. Harter and Andrew N. Shepard


The HURL Database of Deep-Sea Corals in HawaiiChristopher Kelley, Deetsie Chave, Leping Hu, Jane Culp, and Rachel Shackelford


Prototype Deep-Water Coral Geodatabase: Gulf of Mexico and BeyondKathryn M. Scanlon, Julia M. Knisel and Rhian Waller


Deep-Sea Coral Distributions in the Newfoundland and Labrador RegionVonda E. Wareham and Evan N. Edinger


Seaways of the Bahamas Archipelago: A Vast Natural Laboratory for Research on Biophysical Parameters Controlling the Development of Deep Sea Buildups (Banks and Lithoherms)Robert N. Ginsburg and Steve J. Lutz


Bus Shuttle from the University of Miami RSMAS to Doubletree Hotel


Public Lecture (University of Miami RSMAS Auditorium)

Bioprospecting on Deep Reefs: Unexpected Treasures - Shirley Pomponi, President and CEO, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution

Film on cold coral reefs off Florida Atlantic Coast - John Reed, Senior Scientist, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution

Thursday, December 1, 2005
    (University of Miami RSMAS)

7:00am 8:00am

Bus Shuttle from the Doubletree Hotel to the University of Miami RSMAS

7:30am 5:30pm

Registration Open


Theme 6: Fish Ecology

Conveners: Dr. Tony Koslow, Commonwealth Scientific And Industrial Research Organization (Australia) and Dr. Ken Sulak, U.S. Geological Survey (USA)


Keynote: Patterns in the Biogeography and Endemism of Seamount Biotas as the Basis for Their Conservation and Management: Update from the September 2005 ISA/CoML CenSeam Workshop - J. Anthony Koslow


Coral Distribution on NE Atlantic Seamounts, Continental Slopes and Oceanic Islands Prior to Industrial Deep-Water Trawling - Jason Hall-Spencer and Alex Rogers


Patterns of Groundfish Diversity and Abundance and Deep-Sea Coral Distributions in Newfoundland and Labrador Waters - Evan N. Edinger, Vonda E. Wareham and Richard L. Haedrich


The Distribution of Fishes Over Seamount Landscapes in the Western North Atlantic Ocean - Peter J. Auster, Kari Heinonen and Jon Moore


Benthic Fishes Occupying Deep Coral Habitats along the Southeastern United States Continental Slope - Steve W. Ross, Kenneth J. Sulak and Andrea M. Quattrini


Refreshment Break


Megafauna and Fish Community Patterns at Several Carbonate Mounds Dominated by Lophelia pertusa along the Porcupine and Rockall Bank, West off IrelandKarine Olu-Le Roy, A. Fifis, André FreiwaldJ. Galéron, Anthony Grehan, E. Le Guilloux,  Jean-Pierre Henriet, Pascal Lorance, M. Sibuet, J. Vacelet, H. Zibrowius, and the Caracole cruise scientific team


The Ecology and Ecological Impact of an Invasive, Alien Octocoral on Hawaii’s Deep-Water Coral Reef Community - Samuel E. Kahng


Habitat and Fish Assemblages of Three Deep-Sea Corals in Hawaii - Frank A. Parrish


Characterization of Northern Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Hard Bottom Communities - Stephen T. Viada, Craig M. Young, Sandra D. Brooke, Charles Fisher, Erik Cordes, William W. Schroeder and Steven Morey


Fishes Associated with Lophelia pertusa Habitats in the Gulf of Mexico Kenneth J. Sulak, George D. Dennis III, R. Allen Brooks, and Steve W. Ross   


Linking Deepwater Corals and Fish Populations - Peter J. Auster


Lunch On Own


Theme 8: Conservation And Protection Of Deep-Sea Corals

Conveners: Dr. Dorothy Zbicz, World Wildlife Fund (USA) and
Dr. Murray Roberts, Scottish Association of Marine Science (UK)


Keynote: Conservation and Protection of Cold-Water Coral Reefs: What do Policy and Decision Makers Need to Know? - Stefan Hain


MPAs to Protect Deep Sea Corals and Seamounts off Alaska - Catherine Coon, John Olson and Matthew Eagleton


Protection of Deep Water Corals with the Development of Oil and Gas Resources in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico - Thomas E. Ahlfeld and Gregory S. Boland


The Occurrence of the Cold-Water Coral Lophelia pertusa (Scleractinia) on Oil and Gas Platforms in the North Sea - Susan E. Gass and J. Murray Roberts


Isolation and Characterization of Novel Tri- and Tetra-Nucleotide Microsatellite DNA Markers for the Delineation of Reproductive, Population, and Phylogeographic Structures in the Deep-Water Reef-Forming Coral Lophelia pertusa - Tim L. King, Cheryl L. Morrison, Robin Johnson, Michael S. Eackles, Kenneth J. Sulak and Steve W. Ross


Refreshment Break


Developing Ecological Quality Objectives for the Management of Cold-Water Coral Protected Areas - Jan Helge Fosså, Anthony J. Grehan, Paal Mortensen and Simon Jennings


The Darwin Mounds – From Undiscovered Coral to the Emergence of an Offshore Marine Protected Area Regime: A History of Interactions and Consequences - Elizabeth M. De Santo and Peter J.S. Jones


The Aleutian Islands Model for Deep-Sea Coral Ecosystem Conservation - Geoff Shester and Jon Warrenchuk


Tools and Options for the Protection of Deep-Sea Coral Ecosystems - Kristina M. Gjerde


Science Priority Areas on the High Seas – Scientists’ Views - Hjalmar Thiel


In Sight, Still Out of mind! — Coral Banks in Chilean Fjords: Characteristics, Distribution, Threats - Günter Försterra and Vreni Häussermann


Bus Shuttle from the University of Miami RSMAS to Doubletree Hotel


Symposium Banquet (Doubletree Hotel Coconut Grove)

Award of “Robert Avent Medal”

Award of “Donald McAllister Medal”

Recognition of GIBS/USGS delegates to 3rd ISDSC – Dr. Gary Brewer, USGS

Friday, December 2, 2005
    (University of Miami RSMAS)


Bus Shuttle from the Doubletree Hotel to the University of Miami RSMAS


Registration Open


Theme 7: Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management

Conveners: Ms. Susan Gass, Scottish Association Of Marine Science, (UK) and Dr. Steve Murawski, NOAA Fisheries Service (USA)


Keynote: Ecosystem Based Fisheries Managment (EBFM): A Primer – Steve Murawski


A National Assessment of Deep-Sea Coral Communities and Approaches to their Conservation and Management - Lance Morgan, John Guinotte, Sara Maxwell and Fan Tsao


Technology to Support Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management in the South Atlantic Region - Tina Udouj, Roger Pugliese and Myra Brouwer


Deepwater Corals in the U.S. Southeast: Conservation and Management - Roger Pugliese, Doug Rader, Myra Brouwer, Gregg Waugh, Brian N. Tissot, Mary M. Yoklavich, Milton S. Love and Keri York


Protecting Sensitive Deep-Sea Canyon Habitats Through Fisheries Management: A Case Study In The Northeastern U.S. - Leslie-Ann S. McGee, Deirdre V.  Boelke, David K Stevenson and Robert N.  Reid


Refreshment Break


Are Deep-Sea Coral Communities Benthic Habitat for Fishes on Rocky Banks off Southern California? - Brian N. Tissot, Mary M. Yoklavich, Milton S. Love and Keri York


A Satellite Vessel Tracking to Protect Deep-Water Corals - Jason Hall-Spencer


Development of a Proposal to Mitigate the Adverse Effects of Bottom Trawling on Benthic Habitat off the U.S. Pacific Coast - Jon Warrenchuk and Geoff Shester


Designing Management Measures to Protect Cold-Water Corals off Nova Scotia, Canada - Derek Fenton and Heather Breeze


Methodology to Reduce Bycatch of Corals and Sponges in the Groundfish Trawl Fishery: An Example from British Columbia, Canada - Jeff Ardron and Dorthea Hangaard


Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management: Food-chain Models for a Northeast Pacific Gorgonean Forest, the Mid-Atlantic Corner Rise Seamount and the Florida Oculina Reefs - Robert Y. George, Thomas Okey, John Reed and Robert Stone


Poster Displays Removed


Lunch On Own


Panel Discussion – Protection of Coldwater Coral Habitats And Seamounts – Legal And Political Considerations

Facilitators Dr. Robert Brock and Prof. Robert George



Dr. Ronán Long, Manahan Law of the Sea Research Fellow & Jean Monnet Chair European Law, School of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Dr. Kristina M. Gjerde, Senior Scientist, IUCN—The World Conservation Union, Global Marine Program, Konstancin-Chylice, Poland          

Mr. Matthew Gianni, Policy Advisor, Deep-Sea Conservation Coalition, Amsterdam, Holland

Dr. Ellen Pikitch, Professor of Marine Biology and Executive Director, PEW Institute for Ocean Sciences, RSMAS, University of Miami

Dr. James Kendall, Chief Scientist, U.S. Minerals Management Service

Dr. William Hogarth, Assistant Administrator, NOAA Fisheries Service


Question & Answer


Symposium Adjourns


Bus Shuttle from University of Miami RSMAS to Doubletree


International Steering Committee of ISDSC (RSMAS Dean’s Conference Room)



GIBS-PIOS Academic Forum on Deep-Water Ecosystems Conservation and Management (RSMAS Auditorium)

Sponsored by George Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (GIBS) and PEW Institute for Ocean Sciences (PIOS), RSMAS

Moderated by: Prof. Robert Y. George, President, GIBS and Dr. Beth Babcock, Chief Scientist, PIOS, RSMAS

 - Symposium participants and RSMAS graduate students and faculty are invited.

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Poster Directory

Theme 1 – Systematics and Zoogeography

How Much Do We Know about Octocorals in Colombian Caribbean Continental Margin? – Isabel Cristina Chacón-Gómez, Javier Reyes and Nadiezhda Santodomingo; Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras INVEMAR, Santa Marta, Colombia

Cold Water Corals of British Columbia – G. S. Jamieson1, N. Pellegrin1 and S. Jessen2; 1Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo, BC, Canada; 2Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Biodiversity and Vertical Distribution of Azooxanthellate Scleractinia in Brazilian Waters – Marcelo Visentini Kitahara; Museu Oceanográfico do Vale do Itajaí, Itajaí, Santa Catarina, Brazil; Mestrando da Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis – trabalho auxiliado pelo CNPq.

Black Corals (Cnidaria: Antipatharia) from Brazil: an Overview – Livia de L. Loiola; Ministry of the Environment, Coastal and Marine Division, Brasilia, DF, Brazil.

Isididae (Cnidaria: Octocorallia) from Brazil – Marcelo Semeraro de Medeiros; Museu Nacional/Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Corals from the Brazilian Shelf and Slope: New Records and an Evaluation of Richness from Latitudes 13° to 23° S – Clovis B. Castro1, Débora O. Pires1, Marcelo S. Medeiros1, Livia L. Loiola1, 2, Renata C. M. Arantes1, Cristovam M. Thiago1 and Eduardo Berman1; 1Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil; 2Ministério do Meio Ambiente, Núcleo da Zona Costeira e Marinha, Brasília, Brasil

Status of Knowledge of the Azooxanthellate Coral Fauna off Brazil – Débora O. Pires; Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil

Azooxanthellate Coral Biodiversity in the Southern Caribbean – Javier Reyes and Nadiezhda Santodomingo; Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras, Santa Marta, Colombia

Systematics of the Bubblegum Corals (Cnidaria: Octocorallia: Paragorgiidae) with Emphasis on the New Zealand Fauna – Juan Armando Sánchez; National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research-NIWA, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND; Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, COLOMBIA

Expressed Homeobox Genes in Lophelia pertusaWilliam B. Schill and Alison R. Griffin; USGS- Leetown Science Center, Kearneysville, WV, USA

Theme 2 – Habitat Mapping, Sampling, and Characterization

Distribution of Corals on Derickson Seamount, a Deep Seamount Near the Aleutian Chain of Alaska – Amy R. Baco1 and Stephen Cairns2; 1Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA 02543, USA; 2Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA

Distribution of Deep-Sea Corals on the Northern Chain of Seamounts in the Gulf of Alaska – Amy R. Baco1 and Thomas C. Shirley2; 1Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA 02543, USA; 2Fisheries Division, University of Alaska Fairbanks Juneau Center, Juneau, AK 99801 USA

Distribution of Deep-Sea Corals in Relation to Geological Setting in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands – Amy R. Baco1, Emily Yam2, Christopher Kelley2, John R. Smith2 and Stephen Cairns3; 1 Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, USA; 2 Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory, SOEST, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, USA.; 3 Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA

Sponge Reefs on the Western Canadian Continental Shelf: New Multibeam Results Provide New Opportunities for Ocean Management and Science – J. V. Barrie1, E. D. Sargent2, K. W. Conway1 and M. Krautter3; 1Geological Survey of Canada – Pacific, Sidney, Canada; 2Canadian Hydrographic Service, Institute of Ocean Sciences, Sidney, Canada; 3University of Stuttgart, Germany

Southeastern U.S. Deep-Sea Corals Initiative (SEADESC): Exploring and Characterizing Deep Coral Communities of the South Atlantic Bight – Timothy Birdsong1, Betsy Gardner2, Susan Gottfried2, Andrea Quattrini3, Christina Ralph4, Jessica Stephen5 and Tina Udouj6; 1Office of Ocean Exploration, NOAA, Silver Spring, MD, USA; 2National Coastal Data Development Center, Stennis Space Center, Bay St. Louis, MS, USA; 3Center for Marine Science, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, USA; 4Grice Marine Laboratory, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA; 5Marine Resources Research Institute, Marine Resources Division, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Charleston, SC, USA; 6Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, St. Petersburg, FL, USA

Preliminary Discoveries of Scleractinian Coral Lophelia pertusa and other Deep-sea Coral and Sponge Communities in the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary – Ed Bowlby1, Jeffrey Hyland2, Mary Sue Brancato1, Cynthia Cooksey2 and Steve Intelmann1; 1NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, Port Angeles, WA, USA; 2NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Charleston, SC, USA

Cancelled -- Biomapper and KGSMapper: Two Modeling Techniques for Predicting Deep-Water Coral Habitat – Tanya Bryan1, John Guinotte2 and Lance Morgan2; 1Atlantic Centre for Global Climate and Ecosystem Research, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada; 2Marine Conservation Biology Institute, Redmond, Washington, USA

Campos Basin Deep Sea Coral Communities (SE Brazil) - Preliminary results – Maria Patricia Curbelo Fernandez1, Ana Paula da Costa Falcão2, Emerson Muziol Morosko2 and Guarani de Hollanda Cavalcanti2; 1Consultant; 2Research and Development Center (CENPES)- Petrobras, Cidade Universitária, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Deep Sea Coral Assessment Project - Campos Basin (SE-Brazil) – Guarani de Hollanda Cavalcanti, Ana Paula da Costa Falcão, Emerson Muziol Morosko and Maria Patricia Curbelo Fernandez

Biotic and Abiotic Measurements across the Slope of Rockall Trough (400-1000 m, NW Atlantic) over a Cold-Water Coral Community with Lophelia pertusa and Madrepora oculataGerard C.A. Duineveld and Marc S.S. Lavaleye; Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Texel, Netherlands

Distribution and Abundance of Black Corals (Antipatharia) in Relation to Depth and Topography on the New England Seamounts (Northeast Atlantic) – Scott C. France and Mercer R. Brugler; Department of Biology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, USA

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Design for Sampling the Deep Ocean Floor – Franz S. Hover, Victor Polidoro, Robert Damus and Chryssostomos Chryssostomidis; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

How Computer-Assisted Interpretation Can Improve the Mapping and Monitoring of Potential Habitats in Cold-Water Coral Reef Settings – Veit Huehnerbach1, Philippe Blondel2 and Veerle A.I. Huvenne1; 1National Oceanography Centre, Southampton; Southampton, United Kingdom; 2Dept. of Physics, University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom

Development of New Methods for Mound-Scale Habitat Mapping and Invertebrate and Fish Community Structure Analysis, Coupling Microbathymetry, Mosaïcking and GIS: Exemple of the Theresa Mound off Ireland – E. Le Guilloux1, K. Olu-Le Roy1, P. Lorance2, F. Lecornu3, J.-M. Sinquin3, J. Opderbecke4,  A.G. Allais4 and A. Grehan5; 1Dept Etude des Ecosystèmes Profonds, IFREMER Centre de Brest, Plouzané, France; 2Dept Sciences et Technologies Halieutiques, Ifremer Brest, Plouzané, France; 3Dept Navire et systèmes embarqués, Ifremer Centre de Brest, Plouzané, France; 4Dept Systèmes sous-marins, Ifremer Toulon, zone de Brégaillon, La Seyne sur Mer; 5Martin Ryan Marine Science Institute, National University of Ireland - Galway, Ireland

Observations and Comparisons of Californian Seamount Communities – L. Lundsten,D. A. Clague and L. Kuhnz; Monterey Bay Aquarium Research, Moss Landing, CA, USA

Spatial and Temporal Differences in Size Structure of Hawaiian Black Corals – Anthony D. Montgomery; Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Honolulu, HI, USA

Colonization of Lophelia pertusa on the Tanker Gulfpenn Sunk During WWII in the Northern Gulf of Mexico – William W. Schroeder1 and Robert A. Church2; 1Marine Science Program, The University of Alabama, Dauphin Island, AL, USA; 2C & C Technologies, Inc., Lafayette, LA, USA

Acoustic Facies Analysis of Late Quaternary Deep-Water Coral Mounds in the Tyrrhenian Sea – Luca Gasperini, Marco Taviani, Alessandro Remia and Giovanni Bortoluzzi/; ISMAR-Marine Geology Division, CNR, Bologna, Italy

Distribution of Habitat-Forming Scleractinian Corals in the New Zealand Region – Dianne M. Tracey1, Ashley A. Rowden1 and Kevin A. Mackay1; National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Wellington, New Zealand

Distribution and Abundance of Gorgonian Octocorals on the New England Seamounts in Relation to Depth and Substrate – Les Watling and Anne Simpson.; Darling Marine Center, University of Maine, Walpole ME

Theme 3A – Geology: Palaeontology

Environmental and Spatial Distribution of Mediterranean Cold-Water Corals – Ben De Mol1, Marco Taviani2 , Miquel Canals1, Alessandro Remia2, German Alverez3, Pere Busquets3, Nuria Teixido4 and Jose-Maria Gilli4; 1GRC Geociències Marines, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain; 2ISMAR-Marine Geology Division, CNR,Bologna, Italy; 3Departament d'Estratigrafia, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain; 4Deptartment Biología Marina, CMIMA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

New Insights into Stable Isotope Fractionation in Deep Sea Corals: Comparison with the Fossil Record – Peter K. Swart1, Brad Rosenheim2 and George Stanley3; 1MGG/RSMAS, University of Miami, Miami FL; 2National Ocean Sciences AMS Facility , WHOI, Woodshole, MA; 3Department of Geology, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Last Glacial Deep Water Corals from the Red Sea – Marco Taviani1, Matthias López Correa1/2, Helmut Zibrowius3, Malcom McCulloch4, Paolo Montagna5 and Marco Ligi1; 1CNR-ISMAR, Bologna, Italy; 2IPAL, University of Nuremberg, Erlangen, Germany; 3Centre d'Océanologie de Marseille, Station Marine d'Endoume, Marseille, France; 4Research School of Earth Sciences, ANU, Canberra, Australia; 5ICRAM, Roma,  Italy

Serpulid Tube-Worms (Annelida Polychaeta) on Deep Coral Mounds from the Ionian Sea (Eastern Mediterranean) – Rossana Sanfilippo; Dipartimento di Scienze Geologiche, Sezione di Oceanologia e Paleoecologia, Catania, Italy;  (Presented by: Agostina Vertino)

Theme 3B – Geology: Climate Change

Geochemical Ecology of a High Latitude Coral: Plesiastrea versipora a New Paleo-Environmental Archive – S. N. Burgess1, 2, M. T. McCulloch1, M. K. Gagan1 and T. Ward2; 1Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia; 2South Australian Research and Development Institute: Aquatic Sciences, West Beach, South Australia

Radiocarbon Reservoir Age of North Atlantic Surface Water Inferred from Orphan Knoll Corals – Li Cao1,2, Richard G. Fairbanks1,2, Michael J. Risk3 and Richard A. Mortlock1; 1Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, New York, USA; 2Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA; 3School of Geography and Geology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont., Canada

Elemental Imaging and Proxy Development in the Deep Sea Coral, Corallium secundumStewart J. Fallon1, E. Brendan Roark2, Thomas P. Guilderson1,3, Robert B. Dunbar2 and Peter Weber1; 1Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Ca. USA; 2Stanford University, Palo Alto, Ca. USA; 3University of California, Santa Cruz, Ca. USA

Multiple Proxy “Vital Effects” in a Deep-Sea Coral – Alexander C. Gagnon1 and Jess F. Adkins2; 1Chemistry and 2Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA

Environmental Variability at Intermediate Water Depths Recorded by Bamboo Coral Geochemistry – T .M. Hill1, H. J. Spero1, D. Clague2 and J. Barry 2; 1Department of Geology, University of California, Davis CA USA,; 2Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Monterey CA USA

Stable Oxygen and Carbon Isotope Composition of Extant North Atlantic Acesta spp. (Bivalvia:Limidae) Provide High-Resolution Environmental Archives for Cold-Water Coral Habitats – Matthias López-Correa1,2, André Freiwald1 and Marco Taviani2; 1IPAL, Institute of Paleontology, University of Nuremberg, Erlangen, Germany; 2CNR-ISMAR, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto di Science Marine, Bologna, Italy

Shallow-water Desmophyllum dianthus from the Chilean Fjords: U-series Dating and In-Situ Trace Element Geochemistry – Malcolm McCulloch1, Paolo Montagna2, Graham Mortimer1, Gunter Försterra3, Verena Häussermann3 and Claudio Mazzoli4; 1Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia; 2 Central Institute for Marine Research, Roma, Italy; 3Zoologische Staatssammlung München, Germany; 4Department of Mineralogy and Petrology, University of Padova, Italy

Deep-Sea Bamboo Corals: Living Bone Implants – Hermann Ehrlich1, Peter Etnoyer2, Hagen Domaschke3, Serguei D. Litvinov4, Thomas Hanke1, Heike Meissner5, Rene Born1 and Hartmut Worch1; 1Max Bergmann Center of Biomaterials and Institute of Materials Science, Dresden, Germany; 2Aquanautix Consulting, Los Angeles, USA; 3Max Planck Institute of Cell Biology and Genomics, Dresden, Germany; 4Samara State University, Samara, Russia; 5University Hospital “Carl Gustav Carus”, Dresden, Germany; (Presented by: George Schmahl)

In-Situ High Resolution Minor and Trace Element Compositions in Desmophyllum dianthus from the Mediterranean Sea and the Pacific Ocean – Paolo Montagna1, Malcolm McCulloch2, Marco Taviani3, Alessandro Remia3 and Claudio Mazzoli4; 1ICRAM, Rome, Italy; 2Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia; 3CNR-ISMAR, Bologna, Italy; 4Department of Mineralogy and Petrology, University of Padova, Italy

U-Series Dating of Submerged Sites Documents Continuous Growth of Extant Deep-Water Coral Mounds in the Mediterranean since 500 ky at Least – Marco Taviani1, Malcom McCulloch2 and Alessandro Remia1; 1ISMAR-CNR, Bologna, Italy; 2Research School of Earth Sciences, ANU, Canberra, Australia

Paleobiodiversity of the Plio-Pleistocene Deep-Water Corals from the Messina Strait (Southern Italy): NE Atlantic Affinity – Agostina Vertino1 Italo Di Geronimo2 and André Freiwald1; 1Institute of Paleontology, Erlangen University, Germany; 2Geological Department, Catania University, Italy

Fossil Scleractinians from the New England Seamounts – Ancient DNA Techniques Give New Insights Into Past Climate Change – Preliminary Data – Rhian G. Waller1, Timothy M. Shank1, Jess Adkins2 and Laura Robinson2; 1Biology Department Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, USA; 2California Institute of Technology, 1200 E. California Blvd, Pasadena, CA

Theme 4 – Coral Biology: Feeding, Growth and Reproduction Characterization

Responses of Lophelia pertusa to Environmental Factors – Sandra Brooke, Michael Holmes and Craig M. Young; Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, Charleston, Oregon, USA

Laboratory Study of Lophelia pertusa Polyp Behaviour in Different Current Regimes – L. G. Jonsson1 and T. Lundälv2; 1Department of Marine Ecology, Göteborg University, Tjärnö Marine Biological Laboratory, Strömstad, Sweden; 2Tjärnö Marine Biological Laboratory, Strömstad, Sweden

Sizes and Distributions of Octocorals Keratoisis sp. and Paragorgia sp. on the New England Seamount Chain: Implications for Colonization Dynamics – Susan W. Mills and Lauren S. Mullineaux; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA USA

Observations of the Solitary Scleractinian, Flabellum alabastrum Moseley, 1876 in Lab and Field – Lene Buhl-Mortensen1, Pål B. Mortensen1, Shelley Armsworthy2 and Dan Jackson2; 1Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway; 2Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Canada

Reproductive Morphology of Two Deep-water Octocorals, Paramuricea placomus (Plexauridae) and Metallogorgia melanotrichos (Chrysogorgiidae) – Anne Simpson, Les Watling and Kevin Eckelbarger; University of Maine - Darling Marine Center, Walpole, ME USA

Dendrochronology in Bamboo? Geochemical Profiles and Reproducibility in a Specimen of the Deep-Water Bamboo Coral, Keratoisis spp. – G. Allard1, D. J. Sinclair1, B. Williams1, C. Hillaire-Marcel1, S. Ross2 and M. Risk3; 1GEOTOP, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, Quebec, Canada; 2Center for Marine Science, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA.; 3School of Geography and Geology, McMaster University, Hamilton,  Ontario, Canada

Some Findings on the Reproduction of Hawaiian Precious Corals – Rhian G. Waller and Amy Baco-Taylor; Biology Department Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, USA

Theme 5 – Biodiversity: Microbial and Invertebrate Association

DNA Extraction and Genetic Fingerprinting of Prokaryotes on Deep Water Corals and Associated Invertebrates – Martin Agis1, Cornelia Maier2 and Markus G. Weinbauer1; 1Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche-sur-mer (LOV), Villefranche-sur-mer, France; 2Royal Neth. Inst. for Sea Res. (NIOZ), Den Burg,  the Netherlands

Habitat Association of Macroinvertebrates with Deep-Sea Corals in Hawaii – Amy R. Baco1 and Thomas C. Shirley2; 1Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, USA; 2Fisheries Division, University of Alaska Fairbanks Juneau Center, Juneau, AK, USA

Population Genetics of North Atlantic Seamount Fauna: Investigating Pathways, Dispersal and Evolution – Walter Cho and Timothy M. Shank; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, USA

Bryozoan Fauna Associated with the Azoxanthellate Coral Cladocora Debilis (Colombian Caribbean) – Paola Flórez-Romero, Erika Montoya-Cadavid, Nadiezhda Santodomingo and Javier Reyes; Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras INVEMAR, Santa Marta, Colombia

Fish and Crustacea Associated with Lophelia Reefs in the Agassiz Coral Hills (Blake Plateau) and in the ‘OSPAR’ region of Northeast Atlantic – Robert Y. George; George Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability, North Carolina, USA

Petrarca (Crustacea: Ascothoracida) Infesting Fungiacyathus marenzelleri off Southern California, with a Retrospective Review of Petrarcid Galls in Deep-Sea Corals – Mark J. Grygier1, Stephen D. Cairns2 and Waltraud Klepal3; 1Lake Biwa Museum, Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan; 2National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA; 3Institut für Zoologie der Universität Wien, Vienna, Austria

Deep Coral Reefs along the Angola Margin and Hypothetical Relation to Cold Seeps – K. Olu-Le Roy, K. Dekindt and M. Sibuet; DEEP-LEP, IFREMER Centre de Brest, Plouzané, France

Theme 6 – Fish Ecology

A Description of the Fish Assemblages in the Black Coral Beds off Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii – Raymond C. Boland and Frank A. Parrish; Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Sublethal Injury Rate in a Deepwater Ophiuroid, Ophiacantha bidentata, an Important Component of Western Atlantic Lophelia Reef Communities – R. Allen Brooks1, Martha S. Nizinski2, Steve W. Ross3 and Kenneth J. Sulak4; 1ENSR International, St. Petersburg, FL, USA; 2NOAA/NMFS National Systematics Laboratory, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, USA; 3Center for Marine Science, University of North Carolina – Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, USA; 4Florida Integrated Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Gainesville, FL, USA

Deepwater Emergence of Red Tree Coral (Primnoa sp.) in Glacier Bay, Alaska – Robert Stone1, Alex Andrews2 and Jennifer Mondragon2; 1National Marine Fisheries Service, Auke Bay Laboratory, Juneau, AK, USA; 2U.S. Geological Survey, Juneau, AK, USA

Theme 7 – Ecosystem Based Management

An Economic Model of Pink Coral (Corallium secundum) Harvest at the Makapu’u Bed in the Main Hawaiian Islands, USA – Geoff Shester and Justin E. Warren; Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

Theme 8 – Conservation and Protection of Deep-Sea Corals

Measurement of Exposure and Effect of Chemical and Particle Discharges from Oil and Gas Activities in Deep-Sea Corals for the Purpose of Integrating Biomarker Response Data into a Risk Assessment Model – Jan Fredrik Børseth1, Bodil Katrine Larsen1, Steinar Sanni1, J Murray Roberts2, Laurence Pinturier3 and Arne Myhrvold4; 1RF-Akvamiljø, Stavanger, Norway 2The Scottish Association for Marine Science, Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory, Oban Argyll, Scotland, UK 3TOTAL E&P NORGE, Stavanger, Norway 4Statoil, Stavanger, Norway

Warm and Cold Water Coral Reefs – Same Roles? Same threats? – Emily Corcoran1 and Stefan Hain2; 1UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge, UK; 2UNEP Coral Reef Unit, Cambridge, UK

Deep-sea Conservation for the UK – A Project to Develop Our Ability to Predict the Occurrence of Cold-Water Coral Reefs and Raise Public Awareness of Vulnerable Deep-Water Habitats – Andrew J. Davies and J. Murray Roberts; Scottish Association for Marine Science, Oban, Argyll, UK

Protecting Deep-Sea Corals by Including Davidson Seamount in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary – Andrew P. DeVogelaere, Erica J. Burton and Richard H. McGonigal; Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Monterey, CA, USA

Assisting Management Initiatives through Development of a National Deep Sea Coral Database – G. Dorr, D. Brown, T. Hourigan and B. Lumsden; National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring, MD, USA

Fishing in Troubled Waters – Evidence for higher Diversity and high Abundance of Cold Water Corals along the Chilean Coast – Alejandro Bravo1, Günter Försterra2 and Vreni Häussermann2; 1Instituto de Zoología, Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile; 2Fundación Huinay, Puerto Montt, Chile

The Status of Deep Coral Communities in the United States: Challenges for Conservation – Thomas F. Hourigan, Beth Lumsden, Gabrielle Dorr and Andrew Bruckner; NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Silver Spring, MD, USA

Outreach and Education Efforts in Support of Deep Water Coral Resources of the Southeast – Jennifer Schull1, Andrew Shepard2 and Kim Iverson3; 1NOAA-Fisheries, Southeast Fisheries Science Center Miami, Florida, USA; 2NOAA Undersea Research Center, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA; 3South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Industrial Fisheries Impact on the Deep-Sea Scleractinia in Southern Brazil – Marcelo Visentini Kitahara; Museu Oceanográfico do Vale do Itajaí, Itajaí, Santa Catarina, Brazil; Mestrando da Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis – trabalho auxiliado pelo CNPq.

Virgin Fisheries of the Tropical Western Atlantic Associated with Deep-Water Reef-Forming Corals Necessitate Protection – Steven J. Lutz and R. N. Ginsburg; Ocean Research and Education Foundation, Coral Gables, Florida, USA

Protected Deep-Water Coral Reefs in Norway – Jan Helge Fosså1, John Alvsvåg1, Dag Ottesen2 and Pål Mortensen1; 1Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway; 2Geological Survey of Norway, Trondheim, Norway

Effects of Bottom Trawling on a Deep-Water Coral Reef – John K. Reed1, Chris Koenig2 and Andrew Shepard3; 1Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Fort Pierce, FL, USA; 2Department of Biological Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA; 3NOAA Undersea Research Center, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, NC, USA

Status of Deep-Water Coral Areas off Iceland and Management Actions – Sigmar Arnar Steingrímsson; Marine Research Institute, Reykjavík, Iceland

Oceana’s Continuing Efforts to Protect Deep-Sea Coral – Michael F. Hirshfield, David Allison, Ricardo Aguilar and Margot Stiles; Oceana, Washington, DC,  USA

The ‘Santa Maria di Leuca’ Lophelia Reef of the Mediterranean Basin: A Case for Total Protection – Cesare Corselli1, Marco Taviani2 and Angelo Tursi3; 1CoNISMa, Milano-Bicocca University, Italy; 2 ISMAR-Marine Geology Division, CNR, Bologna, Italy; 3CoNISMa, Bari University, Italy

On the Occurrence of a Shark Nursery (Family Scyliorhinidae) in a Deepwater Gorgonian Field in the Mississippi Canyon, Gulf of Mexico – Peter Etnoyer1 and Jon Warrenchuk2; 1Aquanautix, Los Angeles, California, USA; 2Oceana, Juneau, Alaska, USA

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Post-Symposium Field Trips

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution - $55
Saturday, December 3, 2005

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI) is dedicated to exploring the world's oceans, integrating the science and technology of the sea with the needs of humankind. Our staff of over 250 includes scientists, engineers, mariners and support personnel. We are involved in research and education in the marine sciences; biological, chemical, and environmental sciences; marine biomedical sciences; marine mammal conservation; aquaculture; and ocean engineering. We have a wide variety of educational programs and products to raise public awareness of the marine environment, illustrating how the health of our planet is inextricably linked to the state of our oceans. HBOI is home to the 62-m R/V Seward Johnson and Johnson-Sea-Link Research Submersibles. R/V Seward Johnson is part of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet.

The tour will take you to see the world class Johnson-Sea-Link research submersible, which is equipped with a clear acrylic sphere for nearly 360o visibility and capable of diving to 1000 m. You will receive behind the scene tours of various labs and facilities including the Division of Biomedical Marine Research whose mission is to address critical human health problems through chemical and biological research on marine organisms and their chemical constituents. Using the JSL submersibles and worldwide expeditions, they have discovered hundreds of novel compounds from deep-water marine organisms, some of which are in clinical trials to treat human cancer.
You will tour the Aquaculture Division whose mission is to develop economically feasible and environmentally sustainable methods to farm aquatic organisms for food, sport, stock enhancement, aquarium markets, and pharmaceuticals. Their state-of-the-art 60 acre Aquaculture Development Park is a leader in the research and development of culture technologies for mollusks, crustaceans, marine ornamentals, food fish, seaweed, and biomedical species. A lunch will be served along with lectures from some of the top scientists in their fields tentatively including Dr. Shirley Pomponi (biomedical research) and Dr. Edie Widder (deep sea bioluminescence).

Web Sites: www.hboi.edu and www.at-sea.org

Saturday, December 3, 2005


Depart Doubletree Hotel


Arrive HBOI

Education Center - Tour outside showing marine railway, ship, Deep Diver (first lockout submersible in history)

Education Center Auditorium - Welcome presentation, history of HBOI, and HBOI overview video (Dr. Dennis Hanisak, Director of Marine Science and Education)


Link Engineering Building - Split into three groups of 10:

1) Division of Biomedical Marine Research
    (Dr. Peter McCarthy, Director)

2) Division of Marine Engineering
    (Ladd Borne, Director)

3) Submersibles and Marine Operations
    (Don Liberatore, Chief Sub Pilot)


Link Engineering Building - Lunch in Cafeteria


Bus to Aquaculture South (split into two groups):

1) Tour Ornamental Reefs and Aquaria facilities
    (Kevin Gaines, President)

2) Tour of Aquaculture
(Dr. Megan Davis, Director)


Bus to Research Vessel Seward Johnson (split into two groups)


Education Center Auditorium

1) Dr. Edie Widder - Bioluminescence, Eye in the Sea deep sea camera

2) Dr. Peter McCarthy - Deep Sea Biomedical Research

3) Dr. Tracey Sutton - Deep sea fish research

4) John Reed - Deep Oculina Reefs - Destruction by Trawling (video)


Depart HBOI


Arrive Doubletree Hotel


Keys Diver Snorkel Tours
Saturday, December 3, 2005

99696 Overseas Hwy. Unit #1
Key Largo, Fl. 33037-2432
Email: info@keysdiver.com

Web Site: www.keysdiver.com

For those seeking a snorkel adventure in the shallow reefs of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and John Pennekamp State Park, we have arranged discounted rates with Keys Diver Snorkel Tours. They offer two daily tours aboard their 40ft. US Coast Guard inspected passenger vessel designed and built for snorkeling.

9:00AM Tour
The boat departs at 9:00am for one destination (over an hour of water time), and returns to the dock around 11:45am. The price is $21 per person + taxes.

12:15PM Tour
The afternoon tour stops at three different locations, and allows for more than 2 hours of water time. This tour features the Christ Statue, weather permitting. Return time is around 5:00pm. The group rate is $27 per person + taxes.

The price of each tour includes gear: mask, fins, snorkel and safety vest, and instructions by PADI licensed Dive Masters.

Reservations should be made in advance to hold your space on the boat. Please call Keys Diver Snorkel Tours at 1-305-451-1177 or 1-888-289-2402. They are open daily from 8:00am-4:00pm, and can be reached by email at info@keysdiver.com.

When contacting Keys Diver, please provide the following:

   1. Saturday, December 3, 2005

   2. Indicate 9AM or 12:15PM tour

   3. Number of people in your party

   4. Your last name

   5. State you are with the International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals

Transportation will not be provided because this tour option is on your own. We suggest that participants car pool to Key Largo, which is about 80 km one-way from the Doubletree Hotel. Discounted rental car rates are being offered by AVIS. To facilitate sharing rides, we have developed a sign up sheet.

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Registration Information

Registration Fees: The attendee registration fee, combined with funds contributed by our generous sponsors, will allow meeting attendees to receive an abstract book and additional conference materials onsite. The fee also includes a welcome reception, daily morning and afternoon refreshment breaks at RSMAS, poster session reception and daily transportation from Doubletree Hotel to RSMAS. Please refer to the detailed agenda for the date and time of scheduled functions. An optional Awards Banquet on Thursday evening and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution Field Trip on Saturday are available for additional fees.

The accompanying person and child registration fees include the welcome and poster session receptions only. Please Note: The Guest Registration Category is not for use by

All figures are presented in US dollars ($).






If register by
August 15, 2005

If register by or before October 3, 2005

If register AFTER October 3, 2005

Conference Attendee Fee
(Limited to 200)

US $250

US $300

US $350

Student Attendee Fee
(Limited to 50) (FAX Copy of Student ID to 1-352-392-4044 after registering online)

US $125

US $175

US $225





Accompanying Person

US $75

US $95

US $95

Child (12 years and under)

US $25

US $50

US $50

PLEASE NOTE: The Accompanying Person registration fee includes the welcome reception and the poster session reception only. The Guest Registration Category is not for use by co-workers.





Thursday, December 1, 2005
   Symposium Dinner Banquet

US $50

Saturday, December 3, 2005
Harbor Branch Oceanographic
   Institute Field Trip
    (Limited to 30)

US $55

Before clicking on the Register Now link below, we recommend that you have payment information on-hand, such as credit card, check number or purchase order number, if we are to invoice your institution.

Refund Policy: Requests for registration refunds will be honored if a written notification of cancellation is received by the Office of Conferences & Institutes on or before October 3, 2005. A $50.00 processing fee will be deducted from all registration refunds. Sorry, no refunds will be honored for cancellations after October 3, 2005.

Special Needs:
Participants with special needs can be reasonably accommodated by contacting the Office of Conferences & Institutes at least 10 working days prior to the conference. We can be reached by phone at 1-352-392-5930, by fax at 1-352-392-4044, or by calling 1-800-955-8771 (TDD). The TDD number can only be accessed from within Florida.

Advanced registration is closed, however, we will be happy to register you onsite at the symposium and look forward to your participation.

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Meeting Location

The 3rd Symposium will be held at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) on Virginia Key, an island off the coast of Miami, Florida, USA. Oral presentations will take place in the 250-seat RSMAS Auditorium.

RSMAS Web site: www.rsmas.miami.edu

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Hotel Accommodations

DoubleTree Hotel Coconut Grove
2649 South Bayshore Drive
Miami (Coconut Grove), Florida 33133
Phone: 1-305-858-2500
Fax: 1-305-858-9117

The DoubleTree Hotel Coconut Grove is offering participants of the 3rd International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals a very special guest room rate of $107.00 (plus 13% tax) with one or two people in a King room. A room with two beds is $117.00 (plus 13% tax). The group rate will be honored three days prior and three days following the symposium, based on availability.

To qualify for the special rate, reservations must be made prior to October 14, 2005. Be sure to specify you are attending the 3rd International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals. After October 14, guestrooms and the group rate may no longer be available. As this is a discounted group rate, it is not commissionable to travel agents. Please contact the hotel directly by telephone at 1-305-858-2500.

Parking at the hotel is valet only. The hotel is offering a discounted rate of $10 per day. There are no daily parking garages in the immediate vicinity. The few street parking spaces in front of the Doubletree Hotel are metered, and strictly enforced.

Click Here to Make Reservations Online


Overflow Accommodations

In the event the Doubletree is full over the dates (November 28-December 2, 2005) you are requesting accommodations, the following properties are offering guest rooms to 3rd ISDSC attendees:

Wyndham Grand Bay Hotel
2669 South Bayshore Drive
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Tel: 305-858-9600 Ext 7152
Website: www.wyndhamcoconutgrove.com
Email: RNegretti@wyndham.com

The Wyndham is offering symposium participants a special rate of $149.00/night single/double occupancy plus 13% tax. To make a reservation, contact the Wyndham Grand Bay Hotel directly at 305-858-9600 Ext 7152 and identify yourself as a participant of the 3rd International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals. And if phone is not an option, please send an email to Roberto at <RNegretti@wyndham.com> with your arrival date, departure date, and guest name.

Miami River Inn
118 SW South River Drive
Miami, FL 33130
Tel: 1-305-325-0045 or outside Florida (USA only) 1-800-468-3589
Fax: 1-305-325-9227
Website: http://miamiriverinn.com/index
Email: info@miamiriverinn.com

The Miami River Inn is Miami's only bed and breakfast. The Inn has four cottages with a total of 40 rooms, each uniquely decorated with antiques and period pieces. Guests can occupy a first floor room with a porch that opens to the garden area or choose a room on the second or third floors with a view of the Miami River and downtown Miami to the east.

Currently, the Inn has a few rooms available at $79.00/night plus 13% tax. To make a reservation, contact the Inn directly at 1-305-325-0045 and identify yourself as a participant of the 3rd International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals. A valid credit card number and expiration date or an advanced payment for the first night (by check or cash is required to guarantee your stay.

Please note: If you stay at the Inn, you are responsible for providing your own transportation to symposium events.

Check-In time is between 12 noon and 9:00 PM. Check out time is by 12 noon. Guest's arriving outside of these times must notify the Inn to make the necessary arrangements. Guests who wish to check-out late may make arrangements with advance notice.

Breakfast is available for guests of the Inn only between 7:30 AM and 10:00 AM daily. Toast, homemade muffins, hot/cold cereals, fresh fruits, juice, coffee, tea and milk are available.

The Inn must be notified of changes or cancellations by 6:00PM (EST) the evening before the guest's arrival. (72-hour notice required during holiday weekends of which November 24-27 is Thanksgiving.) A guest who has not met the appropriate cancellation policies and guaranteed a reservation will be charged for the first night of each room reserved.


Sharing a guest room with another participant?
Specify to the hotel the following.

  1. The full names of all sharing the guest room. If a person is not listed on the room, they will not be allowed to check into the guest room upon arrival.

  2. How the deposit is to be paid and by whom. If the deposit is to be paid by more than one person, then the full information and payment arrangements need to be included in the communication. (NOTE: A deposit is required by the hotel in order to reserve a guest room.)

  3. How the remaining room charges are to be paid. The hotel will need method of payment for each person responsible for the charges. This information will be reiterated at check-in.

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Financial Assistance

GIBS Announcement for Travel Support for Deep-Sea Coral Scientists
Presenting Paper or Poster at 3rd ISDSC

The purpose of the Miami Deep-Sea Coral Symposium is to synthesize our exiting knowledge on deep-sea corals in the world oceans for making wise management of these living resources and to identify gaps in our knowledge.

With this goal in mind the George Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (GIBS) will provide a few travel grants for deep-sea coral scientists from the developing countries and also Russia. This award will cover plane ticket, hotel cost, registration fee and per-diem for 4 days in Miami.

Qualified deep-sea coral scientists and graduate students are eligible for this award from GIBS. They should submit a letter by June 5, 2005 to:

Prof. Robert Y. George, President, GIBS
305 Yorkshire Lane
Wilmington, North Carolina 28409 USA

This letter must contain the following information:

1. Name, contact information (title, address, e-mail, phone number)

2. Copy of the abstract submitted to 3rd ISDSC

3. Estimated cost for participation.

4. List of peer-reviewed papers or technical reports on deep-water corals (any aspect)

5. One Reference with e-mail address (any individual who is cognizant of your research on deep-water corals).

Selected participants will be notified by July 4, 2005 and will be reimbursed for their expenses for participation in the symposium.

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Symposium Sponsors

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Travel Information

Travel Methods

Information for
Foreign Travelers
to the United States

By Plane

Miami International Airport

Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood
International Airport

By Rental Car

Avis is offering special rental rates to Symposium 
attendees. Click here to 
make reservations

By Taxi Service

MG Transportation

By Train

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          Click here for information on taking
          the train to Miami, from other cities
          in Florida and around the country
          for a very low cost.

By Bus 


Click here for information on taking the Greyhound bus to and from Miami from your arrival destination/airport for a price of $50-$150

Driving Directions

Click here to find driving directions to Miami, FL from any address/destination in the USA by simply typing in the starting address and then the end destination address; very user friendly.

Map of Florida

Click here for a map of the state of Florida.


Mileage Chart

Click here for a chart that lists the mileage/distance from city to city in Florida.

Florida Visitor Tools

Currency Converter

Click here for a simple to use currency converter.

Miami Weather

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Click here to see a detailed 7-day weather forecast for Miami, FL.


Click here to explore Florida attractions, theme parks, and history by city.


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Area Information

Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Symposium Organizers

Robert Brock
Fishery Biologist
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
Office of Science & Technology
1315 East-West Hwy (F/ST7)
Silver Spring MD 20910-3282
Phone: 1-301-713-2367 x162
FAX: 1-301-713-1875
Email: Robert.Brock@noaa.gov

Robert George
George Institute for Biodiversity
305 Yorkshire Lane
Wilmington, NC 28409
Phone: 1-910-799-4722
Email: Georgeryt@cs.com

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Symposium Logistics Coordinator

Shelby Sowder
Conference Coordinator
University of Florida/IFAS
Office of Conferences & Institutes (OCI)
PO Box 110750
Building 639, Mowry Road
Gainesville, FL 32611-0750
Telephone: 1-352-392-5930
Fax: 1-352-392-4044
Email: msowder@ifas.ufl.edu

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Local Arrangement Committee

Peter Swart, Professor of Marine Geology
      and Geophysics, Chair
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Miami, FL

Beth Babcock, Chief Scientist
Pew Institute for Ocean Science, Miami, FL

Robert Brock, Symposium Organizer
Office of Science & Technology, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring, MD

Jim Cato, Director, Florida Sea Grant
University of Florida/IFAS, Gainesville, FL

John Dean, Distinguished Professor Emeritus
University of South Carolina and South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, Columbia, SC

George Geiger, Vice-Chairman
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, Sebastian, FL

Bob George, Symposium Organizer
George Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability, Wilmington, NC

Peter Glynn, Professor of Marine Biology
and Fisheries
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Miami, FL

Peter Ortner
Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Miami, FL

John Reed
Division of Biomedical Marine Research, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Ft. Pierce, FL

Shelby Sowder, Symposium Logistics
Office of Conferences and Institutes, University of Florida/IFAS, Gainesville, FL

Nancy Voss, Research Professor of Marine
Biology and Fisheries, and Director
RSMAS Marine Invertebrate Museum, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Miami, FL

Elizabeth Wenner, Senior Marine Scientist
and Principal Investigator
Marine Resources Research Institute, Charleston, SC

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ISDSC Steering Committee

Robert Brock USA Pål Mortensen Norway
Mark Butler Canada Murray Roberts Scotland
Jan-Helge Fossa


Miriam Sibuet France
André Freiwald Germany Marco Taviani Italy
Bob George USA Sandy Tudhope United Kingdom
Anthony Grehan Ireland Les Watling USA
Bruce Hatcher Canada Martin Willison Canada
Veerle Huvenne Belgium John Wilson United Kingdom
Tony Koslow Australia

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Proceedings of the 2nd ISDSC

The proceedings of the 2nd ISDSC (Erlangen, Germany) entitled "Cold-water Corals and Ecosystems," edited by André Freiwald and Murray Roberts, has been published. This book is 1247 pages thick and contains 361 illustrations. For more information or to order, go to:

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