Deep-sea corals bring people together. Geologists, ecologists, taxonomists, managers and climatologists all get a kick out of our heartless, brainless, colonial friends. So, we get together once every two years to kick back and share stories at the International Deep-Sea Coral Symposium. The first was in Halifax, Canada; the second in Erlangen, Germany, the third in Ft. Lauderdale, USA, and the fourth is in… oh yeah… Wellington, New Zealand, December 1-5, 2008. Abstracts are now being accepted. The website is here.
1. Systematics and Biogeography (genetics, taxonomy, larval dispersal).
2. Sampling methods and mapping.
3. Coral ecosystems and habitats associated with seamounts.
4. Geology and Palaeontology (palaeo-climate).
5. Climate change (ocean acidification).
6. Biology: feeding, growth, and reproduction.
7. Ecology and species associations (biodiversity, microbial, fish and invertebrate association).
8. Management decisions and policy for corals, conservation and human impacts.