Key Dates:

Call for Papers
Summer 2008

Abstract Submittal Deadline
3 October 2008

Authors Notified,
Student Travel Grant Recipients Notified
December 2008 

Schedule Posted
January 2009

25-30 January 2009

Workshops and Town Hall Meetings

The variety of topics addressed at this year’s Aquatic Sciences Meeting presents a unique opportunity for town hall meetings and workshops that will be of interest to the large, diverse participants who will attend. Following is a list of meetings and workshops confirmed to date:

Nitrogen, Hypoxia and Fishes: Moving Beyond Fisheries Data to Understand Effects on Upper Trophic Levels in Estuaries and Semi-Enclosed Seas

Date/Time: Tuesday, 27 January, 1230-1430

Organized by Karin Limburg (, Dennis Swaney (, and Denise Breitburg (

Descriptions of coastal waters subject to anthropogenic nutrient enrichment evoke contrasting images of massive “dead zones” and productive fisheries. These contrasts emerge from the juxtaposition of nutrient enrichment, habitat degradation, and high population densities in the coastal zones of the world's oceans and inland seas. A more complete understanding of the effects of nutrient over-enrichment and hypoxia on fish and shellfish populations has been hampered by the paucity of data on species abundances over large spatial scales and the resulting reliance on fisheries landings data for analyses. The goal of this open workshop is to encourage ideas and participation in cross-system comparisons that can contribute to our understanding and management of systems that are simultaneously nutrient enriched and subject to fisheries removals. Three broad topics to be discussed include (1) building on existing analyses to conduct a cross-system comparison of nutrient loading, hypoxia, and fish and mobile shellfish abundances by using predictions of EcoPath and similar models to predict fish and shellfish abundances; (2) considering potential economic and social impacts of fisheries altered by  nutrient enrichment and hypoxia (e.g., shifts towards industrial scale fisheries, including those that target species favored by high-nutrient loads; social and economic effects on fishing communities resulting from effects of degraded water quality on fisheries); and (3) exploring effects of remediating or reducing eutrophication on ecosystem rehabilitation, particularly with respect to fish and shellfish production. We encourage participation by both fisheries scientists and researchers interested in the role and magnitude of nutrient enrichment in estuaries, coastal and semi-enclosed seas.

JSOST Town Hall Meeting

Date/Time: Tuesday, 27 January, 1230-1430

Organized by Lara B. Hutto ( and Polly Endreny Holmberg (

In 2007, the Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (JSOST) wrote Charting the Course for Ocean Science in the United States for the Next Decade: An Ocean Research Priorities Plan and Implementation Strategy. JSOST will provide updates on implementing the Near-Term Priorities presented in the 2007 plan, steps taken towards a short-term infrastructure inventory and a study of future infrastructure issues, as well as JSOST’s efforts during the Administration transition.

From Ship to Shore to the Media: A Workshop on Science Journalism

Date/Time: Wednesday, 28 January, 1230 – 1430

Organized by: Cheryl Lyn Dybas, National Science Foundation or, 703-292-7734.

“Gulf of Mexico Double-Whammy.” “Methane-Devourer Discovered in Arctic Seas.” “Antique Whale Oil and the Origin of Industrial Chemicals.” These headlines introduced recent marine science news stories. Did these articles attract readers? If so, what’s the secret to their success?

Participants in this workshop will learn how to present science in an interesting way while retaining factual accuracy--the key to good science communication and science journalism. Science journalism aims to transmute scientific concepts and results from jargon-based language often understandable only by scientists, to news relevant to the lives of the general reader (listener/viewer). This workshop will explore science writing for a non-scientific audience. Participants will review examples of good science writing from newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post, and news magazines like Science News and New Scientist; “dissect” the structure of science news and feature articles; discuss how popular coverage of science has changed, largely through web-based news coverage; and learn the basics of science journalism.

Participants will have the opportunity to write a general-audience science article about research presented at the conference, and individual critiques will be offered to those interested. The workshop is free, but pre-registration is appreciated. Please contact Cheryl Lyn Dybas, National Science Foundation or, 703-292-7734.

Carbon Cycle Science Plan Town Hall Meeting

Date/Time: Thursday, 29 January, 1230 – 1430   
Location: Clio

Organized by Debbie Bronk (

The United States is updating its integrative carbon cycle science plan (Sarmiento and Wofsy 1999) to set research goals and priorities in terrestrial and oceanographic carbon cycle research over the coming decade. The plan will be used to set funding priorities across a number of agencies. A rough draft of the new goals and planned approach will be presented for discussion.