Understanding Our Ocean Connections

Dates: April 19, 2018 - April 19, 2018

Location: Alexandria, Virginia

On April 19, scientists from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network will take part in the symposium "Understanding Our Ocean Connections."

The researchers will present findings on the connections among humans and ocean ecosystems such as coral reefs, kelp forests, mangrove forests, salt marshes, sea ice and the continental shelf.

Questions that will be answered at the symposium include: Does the future of coral reefs depend on the fish that live there? Can hurricanes increase a region's resilience to disasters? Do giant kelp forests serve as stepping stones to biodiversity?

Scientists will also discuss how tiny plankton sustain fisheries; whether salt marsh sustainability is a realistic goal; and what a penguin's view of life on ever-shrinking sea ice might be.