ICRS 2016 – International Coral Reef Symposium

Aloha everyone! It’s happening once again – The 13th International Coral Reef Symposium is ongoing at tropical Honolulu, Hawaii!

The ICRS is sanctioned by the International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) and held every four years. It is the primary international meeting focused on coral reef science and management. The Symposium will bring together an anticipated 2,500 coral reef scientists, policy makers and managers from 70 different nations in a forum to present the latest research findings, case histories and management activities, and to discuss the application of scientific knowledge to achieving coral reef sustainability.

Taken from ICRS dedicated website

Unlike any other symposia, the ICRS is one of the major highlights for coral reef biologists, who gathers from various parts of the world to meet old friends, and make new ones. It was an eye-opening experience when I had attended the 12th ICRS in Cairns, Australia in 2012. This year, our research team’s Principal Investigator made his long arduous journey to Hawaii to talk about giant clams. Hooray Pete! 🙂

Neo, M. L.; Eckman, W.; Vicentuan, K.; Teo, S.; Ang, A.; Todd, P. A.; MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY MANTLE: THE ECOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF GIANT CLAMS IN CORAL REEF ECOSYSTEMS (Abstract ID:28243)

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Oral presentation by Dr Peter Todd at ICRS 2016! Photo credits to Danwei Huang.

I’m heartened to see many more talks and posters of research groups working with giant clams as model species! The research topics range widely from biodiversity surveys, phytogeography, ecology, physiology, anatomy, etc! You can view their abstracts in this slideshow. 😀

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ICRS 2016 is still ongoing! Check out their FaceBook page for daily updates.

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