This conference has been withdrawn from the 2021 conference schedule.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the GRC Board of Trustees and staff have been assessing the impacts of COVID-19 on our 2021 conference season. As always, our priority is to support and preserve our conference communities and their health and safety while continuing GRC's 90-year tradition of advancing the frontiers of science. In light of the uncertainties surrounding the pandemic, the GRC Board of Trustees surveyed your conference chair(s) to determine their preference to postpone the meeting to 2023 or reschedule to a date later in the 2021 season. Per the chair's request, the Board has deferred the meeting and removed it from the 2021 schedule. Thank you for your understanding, and we hope you will be able to attend this conference in 2023.
Mesophotic coral reef ecosystems comprise a significant portion of total coral reef area but are relatively understudied. Despite growing interest, sampling and exploration of these reefs remains difficult. Accessing the necessary depths (30-150 m) for study poses a significant barrier to research. As this environment is still data-limited, the training of new researchers in both technical diving and rigorous methodologies is critical. The 1st Gordon Research Seminar on mesophotic coral reef ecosystems will bring together graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and early career scientists of comparable experience levels to present new data and discuss the cutting-edge methods we are using. We aim to help researchers expand their networks, therefore adding new skill-sets into scientific pipelines. This will help maximize the science which can be performed from limited opportunities in the field. We encourage applications for talks and posters on any topic with a focus on mesophotic coral reef ecosystems.
The seminar will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS, either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.
The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by November 20, 2020. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.