Sea Sick: A Capitol Hill Briefing On Marine Disease
Next week, COMPASS is supporting scientists studying the causes and consequences of marine disease to share and discuss the science with federal policymakers. This event is part of our connecting work—where our goal is to foster dialogue between scientists and policymakers on salient topics. We hope you can join us next week!
Sea Sick: A science briefing on understanding the causes of marine disease and consequences for coastal communities
July 9, 2015
11am-12 pm (NOTE: time change)
Room: 421 Cannon HOB
Lunch Provided Coordinated in Conjunction with the Congressional Coastal Communities Caucus (CCCC) Marine diseases jeopardize the critical services that the marine environment provides to people and economies—a problem that is worsening in the face of ocean change. Our ability to monitor, study, and quickly share information can be critical for early intervention in the management of emerging marine disease outbreaks. Through a series of case studies of disease impacts on economically (e.g. corals, oysters, urchins, abalone) and ecologically (e.g. sea stars) important species, this briefing will explore how and why the scientific community has been able to understand some outbreaks better than others—and what lessons we can learn to inform how we might engage with marine disease in the future. With Comments from: The Honorable Denny Heck (WA-10), Co-Chair of the CCCC
The Honorable David W. Jolly (FL-13), Co-Chair of the CCCC Speakers: • Dr. Drew Harvell, Cornell University, will lay out the state of marine disease science – what have we gotten from investment in research so far and where is the field going next? • Dr. Pete Raimondi, University of California Santa Cruz, will discuss the role long-term monitoring and public-private partnerships play in the rapid response to marine disease outbreaks such as West Coast sea stars and sea urchins. • Dr. Rebecca Vega Thurber, Oregon State University, will talk about the role land-based nutrients play in the susceptibility of Florida’s coral reefs to marine disease and opportunities for ecosystem recovery. • Dr. Ryan Carnegie, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, will focus on the role disease has played in diminishing oyster resources on the East Coast and how science can inform aquaculture and restoration practice and policy.
Image info: Photo by Ken-Ichi Ueda, CC BY-NC 2.0