The 38th Scientific Conference of the Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean (AMLC) will encompass ALL aspects of marine science and resource management in the Greater Caribbean region. One aspect that will be addressed during this meeting is the changed dynamics that shape present day coral reef ecosystems and adjacent habitats. Better understanding these dynamics, which are fundamentally different from processes shaping these communities in the past, will help inform the science and present day management of tropical marine ecosystems. The theme of the meeting will therefore be: Marine Science in a Changing Climate.
Contributions in the following topical areas are encouraged:
Connectivity, including habitat linkages between coral reefs, mangroves and sea grass, larval distribution patterns, spawning aggregations, land-sea interactions, mesophotic communities.
Global and Regional Issues, including sea level rise, climate change, regional patterns of coral bleaching and disease, coastal processes, natural disturbances, pollution, sedimentation.
Resource Management, including MPAs, ecosystem approaches to coastal management, fisheries, aquaculture, conservation, monitoring and assessment, social economics, public awareness.
Ecology, including ecology, behavior, reproduction, diseases, invasive organisms, food web dynamics, reef resilience, deep coral reefs, species inventories and range extensions, and habitat mapping.
Remote Sensing, including use of drones, LiDAR, multiband satellite imaging, Structure-from-Motion, and GIS applications.
By bringing together participants from a broad collection of geographic and scientific specialties, the AMLC hopes that this meeting provides a setting for the synthesis for new marine science ideas, discoveries, and techniques; and that it serves to expand regional and interdisciplinary collaborations throughout the Greater Caribbean region.
The AMLC hopes to see you in Mérida!