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Session 4. BIO Topic Session
Census of Marine Life - Exploring ocean life: Past, present and future

Co-Convenors: Michael Feldman, Clarence Pautzke, Andrew Rosenberg (U.S.A.) and Sinjae Yoo (Korea)

The Census of Marine Life (CoML) is a global scientific initiative to assess and explain the changing diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine species in the past and present, and to build the capacity to project future diversity. CoML is the initiative of unprecedented size and scope, engaging more than 2000 scientists and ocean professionals from over 80 countries with a common mission towards improving the understanding of life in the ocean. This session will summarize the past 10 years of results from the global CoML program, highlighting specific products and how CoML information and data can be used or applied. It will open with an overview of the entire program and its accomplishments, and then delve deeper into various program components with featured speakers representing Census activities in the Arctic, deep sea, tagging and tracking, HMAP, FMAP, NaGISA, corals, DNA barcoding, microbes, and other exciting projects. Contributors will discuss findings and discoveries with particular attention to the information released at the CoML "Decade of Discovery" events in London just weeks earlier. Discussion will also center on additional ways to apply the newly released CoML information to answer the growing global questions of ocean acidification and climate change, and the role of marine biodiversity information with managing through ecosystems approaches and marine spatial planning. The session will conclude with a consideration of lessons learned from CoML, exploring some of the most successful (and some not-so successful) aspects of the program in the context of developing any future coordinated marine biodiversity efforts.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Vera Alexander, Patricia Miloslavich and Kristen Yarincik (Invited)
The Census of Marine Life – Evolution of a decade of worldwide marine biodiversity research (S4-6680)


Tim D. Smith (Invited)
Confessions of a Convert: From fishery biology to historical marine ecology (S4-6845)
(pdf, 1.8 Mb)


John Dower
A World Census of Marine Life on Seamounts (S4-6865)
(waiting for permission)


Jose Angel A. Perez, Andrey Gebruk, Alexei M. Orlov, Stanislav Kobyliansky and André Lima
Surveying the patterns of life in the understudied depths of the South Atlantic: Continuing the legacy of the MAR-ECO project (CoML) into the southern mid-Atlantic ridge (S4-6781)
(pdf, 2.3 Mb)


Steven J. Bograd, Barbara A. Block and Daniel P. Costa
Building a marine life observing system: Lessons from the Tagging of Pacific Pelagics (TOPP) (S4-6864)
(pdf, 1.6 Mb)


Elliott L. Hazen, Salvador Jorgensen, Ryan Rykaczewski, John Dunne, Steven Bograd, Dave Foley, Ian Jonsen, Arliss Winship, Daniel Costa and Barbara Block
Potential habitat shifts in Pacific top predators in a changing climate (S4-6789)
(pdf, 1.4 Mb)


John C. Payne
The future of POST (S4-6821)
(pdf, 1.7 Mb)

Reginald Beach, Daphne Fautin, J. Emmett Duffy, Heidi Sosik, John J. Stachowicz, Linda Amaral-Zettler, Tatiana Rynearson, Gustav Paulay and Hilary Goodwin
A national marine biodiversity observing network to inform ecosystem based management and science (S4-6679)
(pdf, 1.2 Mb)
Hiroko Sasaki, Keiko Sekiguchi and Sei-Ichi Saitoh
Cetacean habitat distribution in the eastern Bering Sea and Chukch Sea (S4-6516)
(pdf, 1.6 Mb)
Paul V.R. Snelgrove (Invited)
Marine biodiversity in the 21st century: Making ocean life count (S4-6842)
(pdf, 3.6 Mb)
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