AAAS Symposium on: ‘The 2014-2016 Mass Coral Bleaching Event in the Pacific Islands ? Impacts, Resilience, Hope and Actions’

Call for Abstracts – AAAS Pacific Region, June 19-23, 2017, Waimea, Big
Island, Hawaii, Special Symposium June 22nd on:

‘The 2014-2016 Mass Coral Bleaching Event in the Pacific Islands ? Impacts,
Resilience, Hope and Actions’

Over the period 2014-2016 (and possibly into 2017), coral reefs experienced
the longest lasting (2 ?-3 years) and likely the most damaging and
widespread global coral bleaching event ever observed. Across the vast
Pacific Ocean, repeated mass coral bleaching and mortality events were
observed in Hawaii in the North Pacific in 2014 and 2015, in Samoa in the
South Pacific in 2015, in the Mariana Islands in the Western Pacific in
2014 and 2015, in Kiribati and the Line and Phoenix Islands of the Central
Pacific in 2015-2016, across much of the Great Barrier Reef and portions of
the Coral Triangle in 2016, across Micronesia in 2016, and elsewhere around
the globe. The early stages of this global bleaching event appeared
associated with the so-call ?Blob? of anomalously warm water across the
eastern North Pacific in 2013-2015 and later tightly associated with the
extreme 2015-2016 El Nino warm event. This symposium aims to bring together
a diverse range of speakers to discuss all aspects of this devastating
coral bleaching event, including: the causative warm water events, the
observed vulnerabilities, resistances, and resilience of different coral
taxa under varying environmental conditions, lessons learned from
laboratory and mesocosm response experiments and numerical models, reasons
and needs for hope and optimism, and actions that local communities and
global society can take to reduce the frequency, severity, and impacts of
future mass bleaching events to increase the likelihood of persistence of
coral reef ecosystems and marine biodiversity in the face of climate

For Information please contact and submit abstracts to:
Rusty Brainard at and
Mark Eakin at

Abstract due by March 28, 2017

Instructions for the Preparation of Abstract Submissions
At the head of your submission, please provide the following information:
1: Primary author?s name, affiliation, address, telephone number and
long-term e-mail address
2: Co-authors? names (if any), affiliation(s), address(es), phone
number(s), and long-term e-mail address(es)
3: Submitter?s name and e-mail address (if different from above)
4: Name of the Pacific Division section (“Ecology, Environmental Sciences
and Sustainability Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences General and
Interdisciplinary”) or the symposium (“The 2014-2016 Mass Coral Bleaching
Event in the Pacific Islands ? Impacts, Resilience, Hope and Actions”) to
which you are submitting your abstract for review. For symposium
presentations, enter the name of the symposium on this line and send your
abstract directly to the symposium planner (
5: Type of presentation (ORAL or POSTER)
6: Is the presenter a student? (STUDENT or NOT A STUDENT). If a student,
7: Any special equipment needs in addition to standard computer, projector,
and PowerPoint? If so, explain on this
line. If none, write ?NONE? on this line.

General information for formatting your abstract (8 and 9):
a) Use 10 point Times New Roman font and the ?NORMAL? style of your word
processing program. Any other font
or style will be converted to these, possibly with unpleasant consequences
for your abstract.
b) Abstracts that contain special characters should be scanned and sent to
the Pacific Division office along with your
electronic abstract submission. Be sure to clearly mark special characters
on your scanned abstract and identify the font set that contains them.
Avoid using exotic font sets, as we probably won?t have them and the
conversion to something we have probably won?t be very precise. It is
important to use common font sets such as Symbol, Wingdings, etc. for your
special characters.
c) Full justify all text.
8: Paper title, author(s) name(s), and contact information.
Paper Title in Title Case, AUTHOR?S NAME(S) (Contact information).
Note the following guidelines:
Paper title:
a) The title of the presentation is italicized and capitalized in title
case (e.g. This Is an Example of Title Case).
b) The comma following the title of the presentation is not italicized.
Author?s name(s):
a) The authors? names are to be listed sequentially, starting with the
person who contributed the most to the study being reported and ending with
the person who contributed the least to the study being reported. If two or
more persons contributed equally, place a superscripted triangle (?) next
to each name.
b) Names should be in all caps and bold.
c) In the case of multiple authors, follow this protocol:
Two authors: NAME A and NAME B
Three or more authors: NAME A, NAME B, NAME C, and NAME D, etc.
d) In the event of more than one author, place a full-size asterisk at the
end of the presenter?s last name.
f) In the event of more than one author from more than one department
and/or institution, individual authors? affiliations should be identified
by a superscripted number at the end of each last name that refers to
departments/institutions in the address section. For example, NAME A1, NAME
B2*, NAME C1 (where A and C come from the same department and institution
and B comes from a different department or institution and is the
Contact information:
a) should be enclosed in parentheses, with a period outside the closing
parenthetical mark and
b) should include the following information: department (if applicable),
institution, city, state, zip code, and long-term email address(es) at
which the author(s) can be contacted after the meeting.
c) If there is more than one author and they are all in the same department
and institution, you need only list the contact information once and need
not use any superscripted numbers with the authors? names or the
d) If there is more than one author and they are in different departments
in the same institution, or in different institutions, use a superscripted
number to the left of each new entry to correspond with and identify the
appropriate author(s) name. For example, AUTHOR A1*, AUTHOR B2, AUTHOR C1,
and AUTHOR D3 (1Department A and 2Department B, Institution X, city, state,
zip; 3Department C, Institution Y, city, state, zip; email addresses).

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Cheers, Rusty

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