ICCB Spotlight: Marine Delegates to Follow

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We’re excited for the the 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology to start in just a few days. For ocean content from the event, here’s a list of sea-minded delegates.

“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.”
American Artist Robert Wyland

The 27th ICCB will be held in conjunction with the 4th European Congress for Conservation Biology in Montpellier, France, 2-6 August 2015. ICCB is the international conference of the Society for Conservation Biology.

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ICCB 2015 Marine Presenter Highlight: David Gill on Data-Intensive MPA Assessments

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David Gill

David Gill

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are increasingly employed as a tool to promote the conservation of socially, economically, and culturally important marine resources. However, their performance can be highly variable. Given the global dependence on and threats to marine ecosystems, how can we better ensure that MPAs deliver on the social, ecological, and cultural benefits they were designed to provide?

Dr. David Gill takes a data-intensive approach to answering this question and to identifying the linkages between MPA governance, ecosystem health, and human well-being. Working closely with a highly diverse synthesis team of marine scientists, governance scholars, database developers, and management experts, David is compiling and analyzing social, biophysical, and governance datasets that have never previously been combined to facilitate site comparisons across the globe. The goal of the project is to identify the governance and contextual factors that contribute to MPA success in order to guide future marine conservation and policy.

David’s presentation at ICCB–ECCB 2015 will review this global-scale research project on how MPA governance affects biological outcomes. The research utilized a cross-disciplinary theoretical framework to test the team’s central hypothesis that positive ecological outcomes at MPA sites are associated with good governance (e.g., inclusive decision making arrangements, active and accountable monitoring and enforcement systems, equitable resource user rights, and accessible conflict resolution mechanisms). Preliminary results appear to confirm and extend previous research on the relationships between MPA governance and performance, providing novel insights for evidence-based ocean policy.

ICCB–ECCB 2015 Presentation: Solving the Mystery of MPA Performance: Linking Governance to Ecological Outcomes

Presentation Time and Location: Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at 8:40am in Joffre A/B

David is collaboratively supported by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and the Luc Hoffmann Institute. Find out more about his work by following him on Twitter @DavidGillMarine and by checking out his profile.

ICCB 2015, the 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology, will be held in conjunction with the 4th European Congress for Conservation Biology, August 2-6, 2015, in Montpellier, France. ICCB is the conference of the Society for Conservation Biology. ECCB is the biennial conference of the SCB Europe Section.

ICCB 2015 Schedule Highlights: Sessions, events to note

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Mind spinning with all the great offerings on the ICCB ECCB 2015 program? Here are some sessions and events to note to get your personal conference schedule started.

(Although we’re highlighting only some marine sessions here, there are marine science and conservation talks in several sessions. Be sure to see the full program. Content may be subject to change, and some events require tickets.)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

  • Opening Ceremony: 18:00-20:00 (6-8pm) in  Pasteur

Monday, August 3, 2015

  • Plenary: 9:00-10:00 in  Berlioz
  • Phil Levin’s symposium on Social science for conservation in the Anthropocene: New paths to social-ecological wellbeing: 10:30-12:00 in Barthez
  • Conservation Poetry Social: Lunch 12:00-13:30 (12-1:30pm) offsite (meet at Registration Desk)
  • Marine Conservation I: 13:30-15:00 (1:30-3pm) in  Joffre C/D
  • Marine Conservation II: 15:30-17:00 (3:30-5pm) in  Joffre C/D
  • Featured on Blog: Leslie Cornick’s presentation on Community resilience and adaption in a changing Arctic: Policy challenges and opportunities  for marine mammal subsistence users in the Poster Session: 17:15-18:30 (5:15-6:30pm) in  Exhibit Hall
  • Plenary: 18:30-19:30 (6:30-7:30pm) in  Berlioz

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

  • Featured on Blog: David Gill’s presentation on Solving the Mystery of MPA Performance: Linking Governance to Ecological Outcomes: 8:30 in Joffre A/B
  • Marine Connectivity Studies: 10:30-12:00 in  Antigone 3
  • Poster Session: 17:15-18:30 (5:15-6:30pm) in  Exhibit Hall
  • Career Fair: 19:30-20:00 (7:30-8pm) in  Exhibit Hall
  • SCB Aquatic Social w/ SCB Marine Section & Freshwater Working Group: 19:30 (7:30pm) offsite (Le Comte Brasserie & Cheese Bar, Montpellier)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

  • Featured on Blog: Diogo Verissimo’s symposium Conservation Marketing: A new path to understanding and influencing human behaviour: 8:30-10:00 in Rondelet
  • Featured on Blog: Fraser Hartley’s talk Elasticity in ecosystem services: Analysing variable relationships between ecosystems and human well-being in Contributed Session: 10:30-12:00 in Sully 3
  • Featured on Blog: Samantha Oester’s presentation on Degradation in a critical watershed of northern Haiti: A holisitic watershed approach to marine conservation in Cap-Haïtien Bay in the Poster Session: 17:15-18:30 (5:15-6:30pm) in  Exhibit Hall
  • Conservation Poetry Slam: 18:30-19:30 (6:30-7:30pm) in  Sully 3

Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • Marine Section Business Meeting: Lunch 12:00-13:30 (12-1:30pm) in  Joffre A/B
  • SCB Members Meeting and Student Awards: 17:15-18:30 (5:15-6:30pm) in  Berlioz
  • Plenary: 18:30-19:30 (6:30-7:30pm) in  Berlioz
  • Closing Party: 19:30 (7:30pm) offsite (Meric Park, Montpellier)

ICCB 2015, the 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology, will be held in conjunction with the 4th European Congress for Conservation Biology on August 2-6, 2015, in Montpellier, France. ICCB is the conference of the Society for Conservation Biology.

ICCB 2015 MARINE PRESENTER HIGHLIGHT: Samantha Oester on a holistic watershed approach to marine conservation in Haiti

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Samantha Oester with Dr. Eugene Maklin, a medical doctor in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, concerned about preventing waterborne infectious diseases. Oester will be presenting at ICCB ECCB 2015 on a watershed approach to marine conservation in Haiti, improving the health of the humans, the environment and wildlife.

Samantha Oester with Dr. Eugene Maklin, a medical doctor in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, concerned about preventing waterborne infectious diseases. Oester will be presenting at ICCB ECCB 2015 on a watershed approach to marine conservation in Haiti, improving the health of humans, the environment and wildlife.

Samantha Oester, Society for Conservation Biology Marine Section president-elect, has studied marine animals and conservation around the globe, as well as freshwater ecology and aquatic microbiology in remote locations. She has also worked in Haiti as a medical volunteer, including after the 2010 earthquake. She has become passionate about helping to reduce poverty and improve public health while also ameliorating habitat for endangered and endemic coastal and marine species.

Cap-Haïtien, along Haiti’s northern coast, is the country’s second largest city and plagued with severe degradation and destruction of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems. Cap-Haïtien is also home to many people who need an improved environment, and recent surveys in other parts of northern Haiti indicate the watershed may still host residence to species important to biodiversity conservation, including critically endangered marine species.

Research is still in its infancy in Haiti, especially in the Cap-Haïtien region, and Oester’s pilot project is collecting data in the Cap-Haïtien watershed, including marine, freshwater, mangrove and inland riverine wetland data, which will be discussed in her ICCB ECCB 2015 presentation. Working with the Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversité Marine, Haiti’s only marine conservation non-governmental organization, Oester’s research will start a large, long-term research and monitoring project in the region to improve life for all in Cap-Haïtien Bay.

Follow Oester on Twitter: @samoester

ICCB 2015 Presentation: Degradation in a critical watershed of northern Haiti: A holisitic watershed approach to marine conservation in Cap-Haïtien Bay

Presentation Time and Location: Poster session on Wednesday, 5 August 2016, 5:15-6:30pm (17:15-18:30) in Exhibit Hall

ICCB 2015, the 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology, will be held in conjunction with the 4th European Congress for Conservation Biology on August 2-6, 2015 in Montpellier, France. ICCB is the conference of the Society for Conservation Biology.

ICCB 2015 Event: Get Your Marine Verse Ready for the Conservation Poetry Slam

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by Anna Milena Zivian

Come sound Whitmanian barbaric yawps in Montpellier! Bring words and, as Edgar Georges wrote,

“Réveiller-vous et brises l’algorithme du monstre qui vous écrase!” (Wake up and smash the algorithm of the monster that is crushing you!)

Current and future scientist-poets and poet-scientists are invited to join a conservation poetry writing session and poetry slam on Wednesday, August 5, at 18:30 at the 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology (held in conjunction with the 4th European Congress for Conservation Biology) in Montpellier, France. The Conservation Poetry Slam is open to all delegates, of all disciplines and backgrounds, at ICCB-ECCB.

In preparation for the event, there will be an informal writing and brainstorming workshop at lunchtime on Monday, August 3. We’ll discuss forms, themes, styles, and topics, and will help each other work through any questions we might have about how to get started. People who want help, input, and feedback, as well as those who just can’t get enough poetry, are welcome to meet at the registration desk at noon. If it’s nice, we’ll head out to the park with baguettes, cheese, and fruit; if it’s rainy, we’ll head to a brasserie or cafe and commune with our inner Rimbauds, Eliots, Hugheses, and Steins.

For me, the kernel of this idea arose when I prepared my speed talk for the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress, held in 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. Four minutes seemed a very short time to discuss the issue of using international agreements for marine conservation in the Arctic; instead of talking extra fast, I decided to deliver my presentation in verse. While that presentation was more doggerel than poetry, it made me think about the different ways we communicate science. Recently, the Guardian newspaper, as part of its “Keep It in the Ground” climate change campaign, published a series of 20 original poems on the theme of climate change.

As Carol Ann Duffy wrote in her introduction to that series, “Information, it seems is not enough. … What’s missing for the reader is often an emotional or aesthetic connection.” Information and emotion do not need to be separate, and poetry can weave the two together in a way that helps people see in new ways. Poetry can make political statements; it can instruct; it can inspire. In hosting this session at ICCB-ECCB, I hope to provide a venue for us to think outside the more traditional academic or political fora, open up new ways of understanding conservation, and encourage participants to see their own research in new, creative ways.

Here are some resources you might find helpful or interesting as you think about writing conservation verse.

Five quick tips for getting started or unstuck: http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides/advice/5-ways-how-to-write-a-poem

A full page of resources and links, including a list of forms, an extended discussion of haiku and senryu: http://www.shadowpoetry.com/index.html

Guides to general poetry sites, sites for teachers, online courses, poet pages, and audiovisual archives — very useful for thinking about performing your own poetry: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/learning/resources

Anna Zivian, senior research fellow at the Ocean Conservancy, is organizing a Conservation Poetry Slam at ICCB-ECCB.

Anna Zivian, senior research fellow at the Ocean Conservancy, is organizing a Conservation Poetry Slam at ICCB-ECCB 2015.

-Anna is the Senior Research Fellow at the Ocean Conservancy. You can follow her on Twitter at @azivian. The International Congress for Conservation Biology is the conference of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB). The International Marine Conservation Congress is the biennial conference of the Marine Section of SCB.