25 October 2010

Science Meets Management in the Keys

KML staff scientists were available to answer questions at the Keys Marine Lab display

Nearly 300 researchers and managers converged on Hawk's Cay Resort on Duck Key in October to attend a conference and workshops on the Marine Ecosystems of the Florida Keys, "Linking Science to Management". Celebrated researcher, Jeremy Jackson, was the keynote speaker for the event. Special focus of this first-time-ever conference was on resource issues important to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the Dry Tortugas National Park. Topics presented in nearly 50 talks included climate change science, reef restoration and ecology, fish and invertebrate ecology, food web structure, hardbottom and grassbed habitats and ecology, spatial management and marine zoning, oceanography and water quality, regional connectivity, and fisheries management. Two interactive poster sessions, featuring nearly 150 posters, followed the day's talks and provided a stimulating backdrop for scientific networking. The conference was a huge success, judging by the numerous requests for "a next time"!

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