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Explore Science of Deep Coral Ecosystems in Free NOAA Webinars


Many resolutions for the New Year involve learning something new, and you can get an early start with these free webinars in December and January. The series of 12 online NOAA talks cover the complex science being used to manage the deep sea—the least explored place on Earth. 
Experts from around the U.S. are sharing their insights into deep-sea coral and sponge research, exploration, and management. Topics and locations covered include:

  • Deep-sea canyons
  • Gulf of Maine
  • Hawaiian coral beds
  • Fishery management in New England
  • Modeling of habitat
  • Gulf of Mexico
  • Deep-Sea Coral Protected Areas
  • California’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Sponsored by NOAA’s Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program, sessions are free and open to the public, and each one features two knowledgeable speakers.

Register here for sessions, which take place on a Thursday from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m, Eastern Standard Time. Slides and videos of past sessions are located at the bottom of this page.

December 1, 2016

Speaker 1: Tom Hourigan, NOAA Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program

U.S. Fisheries and Deep-Sea Coral Habitats: Policy, Science and Conservation

Speaker 2: Meredith Everett, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center

From population structure to eDNA: Next-generation sequencing technology opens a window into the biology of deep-sea corals

December 8, 2016

Speaker 1: Martha Nizinski, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

National Systematics Laboratory A Tale of Two Canyons: ROV Surveys Highlight Differences in Species Composition and Abundances of Deep-Sea Corals off New England

Speaker 2: Peter Auster, University of Connecticut and Mystic Aquarium

Identifying spatially rare deep sea coral communities in the Gulf of Maine

December 15, 2016

Speaker 1: Frank Parrish, NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center

In-situ measurements of environmental variables at three Hawaiian deep sea coral beds

Speaker 2: Michelle Bachman, New England Fishery Management Council

Applying deep-sea coral science to fishery management in New England

January 5, 2017

Speaker 1: Brian Kinlan, NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Biogeography Branch

A systematic, regional approach to predictive modeling of habitat suitability for deep-sea corals in U.S. waters

Speaker 2: Morgan Kilgour, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council

Ongoing Efforts and Challenges for Managing Deep-sea Corals in the Gulf of Mexico

January 12, 2017

Speaker 1: Robert McGuinn, NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

Bio-regional-Scale Analysis of Deep-Sea Coral Assemblage Composition Using NOAA’s National Database of Deep-Sea Corals and Sponges

Speaker 2: Kiley Dancy, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Collaborative Development of Deep-Sea Coral Protected Areas in the US Mid-Atlantic

January 19, 2017

Speaker 1: Peter Etnoyer, NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

Where are the coral gardens? Mapping densities and condition of gorgonian octocorals in the mesophotic depth zone of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Speaker 2: Janessy Frometa, NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

Effects of oil and dispersants on Swiftia exserta, a structure-forming deep-water octocoral from mesophotic reefs in the Gulf of Mexico

Posted December 12, 2016



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