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Oceans and Human Health (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Risks and Remedies from the Sea


May 31 - June 1, 2014


University of New England
Biddeford, ME


Matthew Phillips

Associate Chair:
Jessica L. Joyner

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) seeks to attract new Oceans & Human Health (OHH) scientists from diverse scientific backgrounds who are at a critical juncture in their career development. The GRS OHH is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this GRS will be the risks associated with human-ocean interaction, such as harmful algal blooms, chemical contaminants and marine pathogens; and the remedies the ocean provides in the forms of marine natural products, sentinel species and seafood production. This multidisciplinary GRS will integrate fields such as oceanography, biology, environmental engineering, toxicology, microbiology, epidemiology, public health and veterinary medicine.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Oceans and Human Health" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

1:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmOne Health
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmKeynote Speaker: Dale Griffin (US Geological Survey)
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmRisks: How Human Use and Climate Change Impact Coastal Systems
Discussion Leader: Karen Kidd (University of New Brunswick)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmMatthew Gribble (University of Southern California)
"Parametric Accelerated Failure-Time Models to Summarize Temporal Trends of Contaminants in Sentinel Species Populations"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmElizabeth Kelly (University of Miami - Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy)
"A Spatial Analysis of Beach Water Quality and Beach Management Practices"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmNellie Shaul (Scripps Institute of Oceanography)
"Natural and Anthropogenic Halogenated Organic Compounds in Two Ecotypes of Southern California Bottlenose Dolphins"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmAbrahim El Gamal (University of California - San Diego)
"Molecular Characterization of a Bacterial Source of Halogenated Persistent Organic Compounds"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amRemedies: Marine Products and Solutions for Modern Issues
Discussion Leader: Troy Scott (Hydros Coastal Solutions, Inc.)
9:00 am - 9:20 amKathryn Fiorella (University of California - Berkeley)
"Negotiating Resource Access: Sex-for-Fish Exchanges Amidst Declining Fish Catch"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amChichi Liu (City University of Hong Kong)
"Molecular Responses to Hypoxia of Two Sublittoral Nassariid Gastropods: Implications for Their Distributions in Hong Kong Waters"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amMelissa Pierce (University of Connecticut)
"Relationships Among the Microbiomes of Bivalve Shellfish, Marine Snow, and Aggregate-Free Seawater"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amOlubunmi Nubi (Nigerian Institute for Oceanography)
"Effective Solid Waste Management: A Solution to the Menace Marine Littler Poses on Coastal Communities. A Case Study of Lagos, Nigeria"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session II
Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmBeyond Graduate School Career Panel
Mentors & Discussion Leaders: Karen Kidd (University of New Brunswick), Dale Griffin (US Geological Survey), and Troy Scott (Hydros Coastal Solutions, Inc.)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by R13ES024077 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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