Posted by: reefrescue | October 14, 2011

Scientists Present Latest Research on Coral Reefs at U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, FL~

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 14, 2011

CONTACT: Christopher Boykin, (305) 795-1222

Pamela King Phillips, (850) 245-2109

~Renowned Scientists Present Latest
Research on Coral Reefs at U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Meeting in Fort
Lauderdale, FL~

Fort Lauderdale- Dr. Peter Mumby and David Wachenfeld
are two of many renowned scientists that will speak at the 2nd Reef Resilience
Conference in conjunction with the 26th meeting of the USCRTF on October 18-21,
2011, at the Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
The theme of this USCRTF Meeting is “Integrating Management of the Florida
Reef Tract,” and it will specifically address coastal and marine spatial
planning, water management, and coral reef restoration.

Dr. Peter Mumby, from the Universityof Queensland,
Australia,
is the keynote speaker for the Reef Resilience Conference. His research
interests include managing coral reef resilience and understanding the benefits
and limitations of marine reserves for promoting healthy reefs. His work has
attempted to answer questions such as, ‘How important are mangrove nurseries
for reef fish?’, ‘How resilient are reefs in the face of climate change?’, ‘Can
marine reserves really benefit coral health?’ Peter is a Pew Fellow in Marine
Conservation, an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, and winner of the
2011 Rosenstiel Award for marine science.

Dr. David Wachenfeld will speak on the
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, where he serves as the Chief
Scientist, as well as the Director of the Science Coordination Group. In this
role, he has responsibility for coordinating the delivery, analysis, management
and presentation of all the information needed to manage the Great Barrier Reef Marine
Park. He has lived in Australia and worked on the Great
Barrier Reef since 1992. During this time he has had seventeen
years experience in research, management and education relating to the Great Barrier Reef. David studied marine biology at the University of London, receiving his degree in 1988. He
went on to research the coral reefs of Egypt
and Zanzibar
for his PhD, which he received in 1993.

More than two dozen scientists will
present on coral reef management and research findings from Florida
and the Caribbean, as well as Australia’s
Great Barrier Reef. Topics will include Reef
Resilience Planning, Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning for Coral Reef
Ecosystems, the South Florida Geographic Initiative, and many others. Dr. Jane
Lubchenco, the Under Secretary, for Oceans and Atmosphere, U.S.
Department of Commerce, and Administrator for the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration will also be in attendance.

Over 300 local scientists, students,
environmentalists, business leaders, and other stakeholders have registered to
attend this important conference. Staff and members of the seven U.S. coral
reef jurisdictions which include American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the
Northern Marianna Islands, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S.
Virgin Islands, will also be participating.Registration is free and pre
registration is encouraged. To view the agenda or learn more about this
meeting, visit http://www.coralreef.gov.

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