Plenary Focus: Dr. Emily Darling Tackles Climate Change & Coral Reefs


by Samantha Oester


Dr. Emily S. Darling, community and conservation marine ecologist, will be featured as a plenary speaker at the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress in August 2014.
(Photo courtesy of Emily Darling)

Dr. Emily S. Darling likens climate change to a horror film for the world’s oceans. Rising ocean temperatures, growing sea levels, ocean acidification and coral bleaching are just a few of the multitude of climate change’s detrimental effects on marine life. “More than ever before, scientists, local stakeholders, NGOs and government agencies need to work together to plan how we are going to protect and manage ecosystems that are fundamentally threatened by a warmer and more acidic ocean,” Darling asserted.

Her current research is dedicated to working toward a climate adaptation plan for coral reefs in the U.S. Pacific. A David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow with the Society for Conservation Biology, Darling is also working with the World Wildlife Fund, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (U.S.) and the Wildlife Conservation Society in her post-doctoral research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is developing conservation and management solutions for coral reefs. Darling will be speaking at the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress on climate change, coral reefs and conservation planning.

Darling is a highly regarded marine scientist—she is the recipient of several academic and research-based awards, including the Governor General’s Gold Medal for distinction in doctoral research for her dissertation at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. As a community and conservation ecologist, she works to understand and mitigate human impacts on marine ecosystems, such as climate change. Darling is also interested in the use of social media in cultivating online science communities and will include the topic of global networks of scientists in her IMCC3 speech. “I am incredibly honored to be asked to speak at IMCC3,” Darling stated. “I’m looking forward to connecting with scientists, managers, decision makers and the general public about how we are going to tackle climate change as a community.”

Darling will be featured as an IMCC3 plenary speaker on 14 August 2014 at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow.

Find out more about Darling’s research at and follow her on Twitter @emilysdarling.

Samantha Oester is Communications Chair for IMCC3. She can be reached at


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