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Oceans & Human Health
Anthropogenic Impacts on Coastal Communities and Ecosystems
June 1-6, 2014
University of New England
Biddeford, ME

Related Meeting Information
The Oceans & Human Health Gordon Research Conference was held in conjunction with the Oceans & Human Health Gordon Research Seminar. Please refer to the Oceans & Human Health GRS web page for more information.

Oceans and Human Health (OHH) is an interdisciplinary field of study that has fostered collaborative activities among biomedical and oceanographic researchers and trainees in a coordinated fashion for over a decade. With support from the Gordon Research Conferences (GRC), we have convened three excellent Oceans and Human Health (OHH) conferences and graduate seminars (GRS) over the past six years. This integrative or "metadiscipline" is still growing in scope and importance, and the GRCs on Oceans and Human Health have been crucial to this growth.

The theme of the 2014 GRC in OHH is "Anthropogenic impacts on coastal communities and ecosystems". Anthropogenic, or human-induced, impacts on the oceans include the discharge of contaminants and the impacts of human activities related to climate change. These influences can impact the world’s oceans and its ecosystems, and ultimately have feed-back consequences to human health and well-being.

Consistent with this view, interdisciplinary and internationally prominent speakers and discussion leaders will be invited to focus on two primary areas: 1) emerging and legacy contaminants, and 2) climate change impacts on oceans and human health. Presentations will include researchers from various disciplines including oceanographers, biologists, epidemiologists, and toxicologists with an emphasis on cutting edge unpublished research. "Emerging and legacy contaminants" will focus on innovative studies that identify sources, fate and transport, and the relation to human health of various forms of coastal pollution including heavy metals, toxins, nanoparticles, and other novel substances. "Climate change" will focus on the ecosystem and human health consequences of this environmental perturbation including but not limited to redistribution of infectious microbes and harmful algae, and strategies for adaptation and mitigation. During the conference, an emphasis will be placed on open discussion in a setting that allows for the presentation of opposing viewpoints and permits for consensus building.

One of the initiatives of the upcoming 2014 GRC is to encourage the participation of international researchers. The GRC Chairs have established a committee charged with encouraging international interdisciplinary participation. Professor Lora Fleming and Dr. Shelly Dogra have been elected as the European liaisons to the GRC and GRS, respectively. Additional efforts by current and prior GRC and GRS Chairs are underway to enhance recruitment from North, South and Central America, the Caribbean, and Asia in order to establish an OHH meeting that is global in its representation.


Contributors

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff and Conference Co-chairs Helena Solo-Gabriele (University of Miami) and Evan Ward (University of Connecticut)
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmClimate Change, Contaminants and OHH
7:40 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion Leader: Bob Bowen (Univ. of Massachusetts - Boston)
7:50 pm - 8:25 pmKristie Ebi (ClimAdapt)
"Climate Change and Extremes Events: Managing the Risks of Disasters Along the Coast"
8:25 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:15 pmBrendan Hickie (Trent University)
"Effects of Climate Change on Contaminant Cycling in Coastal Ecosystems"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmGlobal Cycling of Legacy Contaminants Under Changing Climate Regimes
9:00 am - 9:10 amDiscussion Leader: Rainer Lohmann (Univ. of Rhode Island)
9:10 am - 9:45 amRobert Mason (Univ. of Connecticut)
"Cycling of Metal Contaminants in a Changing Climate"
9:45 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amCarey Friedman (Mass. Inst. of Technology)
"Persistent Organic Pollutants and Climate Change"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmCelia Chen (Dartmouth)
"Climate Impact on Methymercury Cycling in Coastal Ecosystem: Human Exposure Implications"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmUnderstanding Anthropogenic Effects on Coastal Ecosystems: Omics Approaches
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmDiscussion Leader: Erin Lipp (University of Georgia)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmOdd André Karlsen (University of Bergen)
"Integrative Environmental Genomics as a Strategy to Explore Ocean Health"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmNeel Aluru (Wood Hole Oceanographic Institution)
"Understanding the Mechanisms Associated with Developmental Exposure to Marine Toxins and Toxicants"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmContaminants and Aquatic Food Webs: Potential Impacts on Ecosystem Services
9:00 am - 9:10 amDiscussion Leader: John Doyle (University of Connecticut)
9:10 am - 9:45 amKaren Kidd (Univ. of New Brunswick)
"Emerging Contaminants & Aquatic Food Webs"
9:45 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amMarsha Black (University of Georgia)
"Pharmaceuticals in Coastal Ecosystems"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmTamara Galloway (Univ. of Exeter)
"Marine Plastic Debris"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmDirect and Indirect Effects of Climate Change on Humans
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmDiscussion Leader: Paul Snelgrove (CHONe, Memorial University)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmKeith Davidson (Scottish Association of Marine Science)
"Climate Change and the Changing Landscape of Biotoxins"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmPatricia Yager (Univ. of Georgia)
"Feedbacks Between Climate Change and Marine Ecosystems"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmContaminants and Aquatic Food Webs: Transfer to Humans
9:00 am - 9:10 amDiscussion Leader: Milton Levin (University of Connecticut)
9:10 am - 9:45 amNoelle Selin (Mass. Inst. of Technology)
"Modeling/Understanding Mercury Exposure for U.S. Seafood Consumers"
9:45 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amEric Dewailly (Caribbean EcoHealth; ArcticNet; Univ. of Laval)
"Traditional Foods from Arctic Seas: Health Risks and Benefits for Aboriginal Communities"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmAnders Goksøyr (University of Bergen)
"Translational Research to Decipher the Health Impacts of POPs Present in Fatty Fish: The Case of Farmed Atlantic Salmon"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmContaminants and Aquatic Toxicology: Sentinel and Model Organisms
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmDiscussion Leader: Ed Laws (Univ. of Hawaii)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmRebecca Klaper (Univ. of Wisconsin)
"Nanoparticles and Effects on Aquatic Organisms"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmIsaac Pessah (Univ. of California - Davis)
"Non-Dioxin-Like Environmental Chemicals and Heat Stress: Common Mechanisms Amplifying Neurotoxicty"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmInterface Between Natural and Anthropogenic Contaminants
9:00 am - 9:10 amDiscussion Leader: Lihini Aluwihare (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego)
9:10 am - 9:45 amBradley Moore (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego)
"Natural Halogenated Organic Compounds"
9:45 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amKathi Lefebvre (NOAA)
"Trophic Transfer of Algal Biotoxins Through Marine Food Webs and Their Effects"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmRudolf Wu (Univ. of Hong Kong)
"Anthropogenic Endocrine Disruptors and Red Tide Toxins in Coastal Waters"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMoving Forward: Strategies for Improving OHH
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmDiscussion Leader: Lora Fleming (ECEHH)
7:40 pm - 8:05 pmNiall McDonough (European Marine Board)
"Embedding Oceans and Human Health in Science and Maritime Policy: A European Perspective"
8:05 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:20 pm - 8:45 pmJaymie R. Meliker (Graduate Program in Public Health; SUNY)
"Health Risks and Benefits in the Long Island Study of Seafood Consumption"
8:45 pm - 8:55 pmDiscussion
8:55 pm - 9:20 pmLaurie Chan (ArcticNet, University of Ottawa)
"Climate, Contaminants and Food Security in Arctic Coastal Communities"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

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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