1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Introductory Comments by GRC Staff / Welcome and Introduction from the Chairs
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Autonomous and Remote Methods Applied to Mesophotic Coral Reefs
Hyacinth Suarez (Holy Name University, Philippines)
3:45 pm - 3:50 pm
3:50 pm - 4:05 pm
Zachary Gregory (University of the Virgin Islands, United States) "Mapping Distributions of Mesophotic Agariciids Along a St. Thomas Shelf Edge Using Optical AUV's"
4:05 pm - 4:10 pm
4:10 pm - 4:25 pm
Miguel Perez-Castro (Instituto Politecnico Nacional- (CIIDIR-Academic Unit Oaxaca), Mexico) "Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems in the Eastern Tropical Pacific: The Current State of Knowledge and the Spatial Variability of their Depth Boundaries"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pm
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Ecological Techniques on Mesophotic Coral Reefs
Kassidy Lange (College of Charleston, United States)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pm
Ashley Carreiro (Florida Atlantic University, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, United States) "Expanding Long-Term Monitoring of Shallow Coral Reefs in Negros Oriental, Philippines to Upper Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems Using Technical Divers"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pm
8:00 pm - 8:20 pm
Ludovic Hoarau (Entropie - University of Reunion Island / GPMDLR, Réunion) "Diverse Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems and Benthic Community Shifts Along a Depth Gradient in Reunion Island, Southwestern Indian Ocean"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pm
8:30 pm - 8:50 pm
Jessica Bellworthy (University of Haifa, Israel) "A Genomic and Physiological Timeline for Depth Acclimation in Coral Recruits"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pm
9:00 pm - 9:20 pm
Nicole Krampitz (University of the Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands) "The Slow Burn: The Demographic Impacts of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease on Shallow and Mesophotic Reefs in the U.S. Virgin Islands"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm
7:30 am - 8:30 am
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Molecular Approaches for Studying Mesophotic Coral Reefs
Juliette Jacquemont (University of Washington, United States)
9:00 am - 9:20 am
Mykle Hoban (Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, United States) "Plumbing the Depths with Environmental DNA: Metabarcoding Reveals Biodiversity Breaks at 45-60 m on Mesophotic Coral Reefs of Hawai'i"
9:20 am - 9:30 am
9:30 am - 9:50 am
Ryan Eckert (FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, United States) "Stephanocoenia Intersepta Corals in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Exhibit Depth-Dependent Genetic Structure"
9:50 am - 10:00 am
10:00 am - 10:20 am
Veronica Radice (Old Dominion University, United States) "Integrating Trophic Ecology with Thermal Stress Tolerance of Mesophotic Corals"
10:20 am - 10:30 am
10:30 am - 10:50 am
Ian Rolfe (College of Charleston, United States) "Ecophysiological Adaptions of Abundant Mesophotic Macroalgae in the Main Hawaiian Islands: Shedding Light on Macroalgal Photosynthesis"
10:50 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Mentorship Component: Careers in the Twilight Zone
Alexis Sturm (Florida Atlantic University, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, United States)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Careers in the Twilight Zone
Heather Spalding (College of Charleston, United States)
Lucy Woodall (University of Exeter, United Kingdom)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Complete the GRS Evaluation Forms; Election of Future Chair(s)