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8th William R. & Lenore Mote Symposium

Understanding the interactions and feedback mechanisms among species in marine communities is essential to the conservation and management of natural resources in the sea. Such interactions can mediate the distribution, abundance, and diversity of species within communities, and across habitats, landscapes, and ecosystems. They include both direct effects -- predation, competition, mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism -- and numerous indirect effects caused by the primary species' mutual interactions with other taxa. Further, the strengths and directions of these interactions can depend on background abiotic conditions, a critically important consideration given the impacts that uninterrupted climate change will place on marine communities.

From a practical perspective, ecosystem approaches to ocean management will need to account for those interactions that drive variation at the scale at which management occurs and perhaps point to the scale at which it should operate. In this symposium, we tackle these issues across the spatial and temporal landscapes that capture the ecosystems within which fisheries are embedded with an eye to developing realistic approaches to ocean management.

Participants not presenting papers or posters are welcome.

Location:   Sarasota, Florida, USA
Dates:   November 8-10, 2011
Abstract/Proposal Submission Deadline:   April 1, 2011
Contact Information:   Dr. Felicia C. Coleman (

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Keywords:   Species interactions, Marine species, Predation, Competition, Parasitism, Mutualism

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