In June 2016, the ARC Centre was the largest single contributor to the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium held in Hawaii.
Centre researchers gave 148 presentations including 2 plenaries delivered by Peter Mumby and Janice Lough. Janice spoke on the need to
limit global warming to save coral reefs while Peter highlighted the seaweed threat to Pacific coral reefs.
In addition, Josh Cinner, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and Terry Hughes were three of the five panellists in the final day plenary discussion on climate change and its impacts on coral reefs. Terry also gave a standing room only presentation on the 2016 coral bleaching event in Australia.
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies is proud to be a member of the International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) which hosted the 2016 Symposium (ICRS).
The world’s major coral reef science meeting is held every four years, bringing together thousands of coral reef scientists, policy makers and managers from 70 nations to discuss latest research findings and how to achieve coral reef sustainability.
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You can find a schedule of Centre researchers’
presentations and posters only, as well as workshops and social events hosted by Centre researchers in the Program Tab on the top of this page. A full program and agenda of the entire symposium can be found here.
The following contains information on Centre researchers’
presentations and posters only, as well as workshops and social events hosted by Centre researchers. A full program and agenda of the entire symposium can be found here. Click on each presenter’s name to know more about their work. Printable presentations and posters programs
All presentations and posters by Centre researchers (
pdf) Monday 20th June ( pdf) Tuesday 21st June ( pdf) Wednesday 22nd June ( pdf) Thursday 23rd June ( pdf) Friday 24th June ( pdf)
Sunday 19th June Workshops Time: 8:00am-5.00pm, Location: 307 A/B – This workshop will be directed at early career scientists interested in learning how to navigate the publication process. The workshop will be run by Professors “ Getting Published“ Joshua Cinner and Terry Hughes.
Monday 20th June Presentations
Time Slot Name Title Room 10:00 C Aguilar Elevated Pco2 Suppresses The Innate Immune Response Of The Coral Acropora Millepora To Lps Challenge 313 B 10:15 A Moya Rapid Acclimation Of Juvenile Corals To Co2-Mediated Acidification By Up-Regulation Of Heat Shock Protein And Anti-Apoptotic Bcl-2 Genes 313 B 11:00 B Sommer High-Latitude Reefs As Novel Ecosystems – Models For Future Species Configurations, Interactions And Functions 314 11:30 R Gruber Community Production And Respiration In An Extreme Environment: New Insights From Tropical Tide-Dominated Fringing Reefs 317 A/B 11:45 D Bender-Champ Temporal Changes In The Productivity And Calcification Of Slope And Lagoonal Benthic Communities On A Platform Reef 317 A/B 11:45 M McCulloch How Corals Control Calcification In A High Co2 World 313 C 14:00 S Forêt A Phylogenomic Approach Reveals The Monophyly Of Scleractinians 311 14:00 M Palacios Multiple Predator Effects On Juvenile Prey Mortality 310 THEATER 14:00 B Pressey Planning And Managing Marine Protected Areas: From Belief Systems To Evidence 302 A/B 14:00 M F Lin A Phylogenomic Approach Reveals The Monophyly Of Scleractinians (S Foret Presenting) 311 14:15 C MacDonald Ecological Determinants Of Depth Ranges In Coral-Feeding Butterflyfish: Are Deep Reefs A Refuge? 308 A/B 14:15 M van Oppen The Diversity And Roles Of Coral-Associated Viruses 313 A 14:30 H Markham Reconstructing Coral Communities Through Time To Determine The Effect Of Human Influence On The Inshore Great Barrier Reef 301 B 14:45 V Radice The Influence Of Upwelling On The Trophic Status Of Corals From The Shallow And Deep Slope In The Central Maldives 317 A/B 14:45 R Ramasamy Plasticity Of Escape Responses: How Experienced Coral Reef Fish Alter Their Escape Performance 310 THEATER 15:00 D Ceccarelli Mpa Performance Under Pressure: Can They Yield Disturbance Refuges And Enhance Recovery? 302 A/B 15:00 R van der Zande Increased temperature is the dominant driver of climate change impacts on Acropora Formosa 317 A/B 16:45 M Aurellado Effects Of Schooling And Habitat Configuration On The Behavior Of Parrotfish Towards Predators 310 THEATER 16:45 M Achlatis Putting The Success Of Bioeroding Sponges On Future Reefs Into Perspective: Enhanced Bioerosion Versus Physiological Constraints Of Cliona Orientalis 312 17:00 J Eurich The Damselfish Domino Effect: A Competitive Release In A Highly Partitioned Guild Reveals Subordinates Versatility 310 THEATER 17:30 D Miller Analyses Of Corallimorpharian Transcriptomes Provides New Perspectives On The Evolution Of Calcification In The Scleractinia (Corals) 313 B 17:45 P Pereira Colony Size And Structure As Determinants Of Habitat Use And Fitness Of Coral-Dwelling Fishes 310 THEATER 18:00 J Kerry The Role Of Tabular Structure In The Ecology Of Large Reef Fishes 310 THEATER 18:00 G Gurney Integrated Conservation And Development: Evaluating A Community-Based Marine Protected Area Project For Equality Of Socioeconomic Impacts 302 A/B 18:15 D Bellwood The Past, Present And Future Of Coral Reefs: A Functional Perspective. 311
Time Slot Name Title Room 18:30 – 20:00 Y Belmar Water Security In Small Island Developing States: Applying A Multi-Scalar Governance Lens To Elucidate Potential For ‘Transformation’ Poster/Exhibit Hall 18:30 – 20:00 K Berry Effects Of Unburnt Coal Dust On A Coral, Reef Fish, And Seagrass Species Poster/Exhibit Hall 18:30 – 20:00 T Chase Can Fish Help Corals During Bleaching Events? Poster/Exhibit Hall 18:30 – 20:00 A Gierz Transcriptome Response Of Symbiodinium To Prolonged Thermal Stress Poster/Exhibit Hall 18:30 – 20:00 K Peterson No-Fishing Reserves Protect Coral Assemblages Poster/Exhibit Hall
Opening night ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies icebreaker (invitations only) Partners & children are welcome to attend. Drinks & Canapes will be served. Time: 7pm-9.30pm Location: Hawaii Convention Centre (Roof Top Garden, Level 4)
Tuesday 21st June Presentations
Time Slot Name Title Room 09:30 P Cowman Temporal Patterns Of Endemism And Provinciality In Tropical Reef Fishes 311 09:30 A Mohamed Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Establishment Of Coral-Symbiodinium Symbiosis: A Transcriptomic Approach 313 B 09:45 D Miller Manipulation Of The Associated Microbial Community By The Coral Host In The Acropora Millepora Holobiont 313 A 10:00 L Boström-Einarsson Density Dependent Habitat Selection Dictates Distribution Of Reef Fish Following Habitat Loss 310 THEATER 10:00 O Hoegh-Guldberg Risk And Reslience: Cop21, Coral Reefs And The Next Few Decades 305 A/B 10:00 W Wessels Unraveling Soft Coral Early Development And Its Molecular Bases 313 B 10:30 T Hempson Impacts Of Habitat Degradation On The Trophodynamics Of Coral Reef Mesopredators 310 THEATER 10:30 C Ross Growth And Physiology Of The Coral Turbinaria Reniformis In Bremer Bay, Western Australia (34.4°S): Implications For The Suitability Of High-Latitude Refugia 308 A/B 10:45 E Sampayo Latitudinal Discontinuity In Coral Symbioses Has The Potential To Limit Species Movements Under Climate Change 308 A/B 10:45 F Vidal-Ramirez Annual Holothurian-Microorganism Interactions Under Different Ipcc P Co2-Temperature Scenarios 312 11:15 N Andrade R. Analysis Of The Competition Between Lobophytum Pauciflorum With Two Hard Corals 313 B 11:15 T Hughes The 2016 Coral Bleaching Event In Australia 314 13:45 M Rocker Trade-Offs And Variation In Inshore Coral Health And Biochemical Condition Along Water Quality Gradients On The Great Barrier Reef, Australia 306 A/B 13:45 N Krück Global Targets For Marine Reserve Coverage On Unregulated Coral Reefs 302 A/B 14:00 J Pandolfi Improving Scientific Input Into Coral Reef Management And Policy 305 A/B 14:15 C Cornwall Controls Of Coralline Algal Calcification: Role Of Internal Ph In Influencing Responses To Ocean Acidification And Other Envrionmental Variables 303 A/B 14:30 L Nadler Shoaling Reduces Metabolic Rate In A Gregarious Coral Reef Fish Species 310 THEATER 14:45 A Baird Species Boundaries In Tabular Acropora Species In Okinawa 313 B 14:45 R Weeks Ecological And Social Benefits Of Marine Reserve Network Expansion Via Diffusion 302 A/B 15:00 C Castro-Sanguino Dynamics Of Carbonate Production Of Halimeda On Shallow Coral Reefs 301 B 15:00 A Humanes Cumulative Effects Of Sediments, Organic Nutrient Enrichment And High Temperatures Compromise The Early Life History Stages Of The Coral Acropora Tenuis 317 A/B 15:15 G Jones Larval Fish Dispersal In A Coral Reef Seascape 310 THEATER 16:15 T Sih Diving Into The Deep-End: Baited Remote Underwater Video Stations (Bruvs) To Study Deep-Reef Fish In The Great Barrier Reef, Australia 308 A/B 16:30 A Hernandez Exploring Coral-Associated Bacteria Over An Extreme Depth Gradient: Assessing The Presence Of Ubiquitous Symbionts 308 A/B 16:45 G Frank Distance Decay In Similarity Of Coral Reef Communities 311 16:45 M González-Rivero Partitioning The Effects Of Structural Complexity On The Intra-Habitat Distribution Of Coral Reef Fishes 301 B 16:45 N Englebert Species Diversity In The Mesophotic Coral Genus Leptoseris: A Combined Taxonomic And Phylogenomic Assessment 308 A/B 16:45 S Leahy Quality Over Quantity: Habitat Condition Is A Stronger Driver Of Fish Biomass On Coral Reefs Than Habitat Spatial Extent And Connectedness In The Philippines 302 A/B 17:00 M McCormick Sounds Like Trouble: Anthropogenic Sound Impacts Reef Fish Dynamics 317 A/B 17:00 D Williamson Large-scale, multi-directional larval connectivity among grouper populations in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park 310 THEATER 17:30 H Harrison The Role Of Marine Protected Areas In The Replenishment Of Local Fisheries 310 THEATER 18:00 M Priest Fish Spawning Aggregations Modify Multi-Species And -Trophic Interactions 310 THEATER
Time Slot Name Title Room 18:15-19:45 G Cumming Heterarchies: Connecting hierarchies and networks for marine protected areas Poster/Exhibit Hall 18:15 – 19:45 K Brown The Future Of Competitive Coral Reef Dynamics: Effects Of Elevated Temperatures And Ocean Acidification On The Physiology Of Acropora-Halimeda Interactions Poster/Exhibit Hall 18:15 – 19:45 J Nowicki The Neural Circuitry Of Pair Bonding In A Common Butterflyfish, Chaetodon Lunulatus Poster/Exhibit Hall 18:15 – 19:45 C Sims Biogeography Of Dinoflagellate Symbionts Across The Indo-Pacific: An Ecological And Evolutionary Analysis Poster/Exhibit Hall 18:15 – 19:45 C Tsai Drivers Of Relative Species Abundances Regulate The Diversity-Stability Relationship Of Coral Reef Fishes Poster/Exhibit Hall 18:15 – 19:45 O Waldeland Settlement Patterns And Preferences Of Algal-Associated Fish Recruits Poster/Exhibit Hall 18:15 – 19:45 S Matthews Reconstructing And Forecasting Outbreaks Of Corwn-Of-Thorns Starfish On The Great Barrier Reef: Species Distribution And Population Modelling Approches Poster/Exhibit Hall
Lunch with mentors ICRS lunch with mentors is your opportunity to casually chat with renowned coral reef scientists over lunch. Today’s session includes Centre researcher Terry Hughes. Time: 11:30-12:45 Location: Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 2 Centre’s students social event Hike up Diamond Head (Lē‘ahi)
Great view of
Waikiki, open 6am – 6pm, entry is $1(cash) if walking in and is accessible by bus (exact change or bus pass). Roughly an hour hike roundtrip. Fully paved path with some steep sections. Meet: 3:40pm in the lobby, left of escalators. Bring: $2.50 exact change (x2 for bus), $1 for park entrence, water, hiking attire, camera. Email Catherine if interested ( email@example.com)
Glenn Almany Memorial
Time: 19:30 – 21:30
Location: 301B “More than anything else, Glenn was the reason for my PhD. Sitting in a banana boat in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea, eating Highway biscuits and chatting about customary coral reef management it was easy to share in his vision. Glenn was inspiring, more than that though, Glenn was a friend” – Peter Waldie, student.
In March 2015, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies lost one of its own, Dr Glenn Almany, who passed away following complications arising from a long and determined battle with lymphoma. At only 47, his life and career were tragically cut short.
Friends and colleagues, wishing to share their memories of Glenn, are welcomed to attend this event. The night will be MC’ed by two of his long-time friends and colleagues, Dr. Michael Webster and Dr. Karen McLeod, both of whom were graduate students with Glenn during their PhD’s.
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Wednesday 22nd June Presentations
Time Slot Name Title Room 8:00 P Mumby (Plenary) Embracing A World Of Subtlety On Coral Reefs Kalakaua Ballroom 09:30 S Leahy Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems: Bridging The Scale Gap Between Fieldwork And Remote Sensing For Coral Reef Monitoring 312 09:45 A Gainsford Balancing Introgression And Species Integrity Across A Mosaic Hybrid Zone 313 B 10:00 J Lowe Dive Tourism And Its Impact On Integrated Coastal Management And Livelihoods For Artisanal Fishers 302 A/B 10:15 G Lienart Temperature And Food Availability Affect Assessment Of Predation Risk By Juvenile Coral Reef Fish 317 A/B 10:15 K Sambrook Life On The Edge: Coral Reef Fishes Exhibit Strong Bidirectional Responses To Edge Habitat 310 THEATER 10:15 G Torda Winners And Losers Of Cyclones And Bleaching: Benthic Community Changes After Multiple Disturbances 313 A 10:30 M Bonin Habitat Loss Reduces The Abundance And Species Richness Of Coral Reef Fish Recruits Regardless Of Habitat Configuration 310 THEATER 10:30 M Fabinyi Fish, Trade And Food Security: Moving Beyond The ‘Availability’ Discourse In Marine Conservation 302 A/B 13:45 P Bongaerts Vertical Connectivity On Atlantic And Pacific Reefs: A Genome-Wide Assessment Of Six Depth-Generalist Coral Species 308 A/B 13:45 J Cinner Bright Spots Among The World’S Coral Reefs 310 THEATER 14:15 M Bode When Mismatches Don’T Matter: The Effects Of Divergent Ecological And Economic Scales In Coastal Fisheries. 310 THEATER 14:30 S Connolly Synergistic Effects Of Re-Zoning And Fisheries Restructure On Coral Trout Abundance And Catch Dynamics 310 THEATER 14:45 M Alvarez-Noriega The Maintenance Of Coral Biodiversity Via Relative Nonlinearity Of Competition 311 15:00 T Roberts Revisiting Depth-Diversity Gradients In Reef-Building Corals 311 16:15 S Jurriaans Seasonal Variation In Coral Thermal Performance On The Great Barrier Reef 313 B 16:30 P Waldie Restricted Grouper Reproductive Migrations Support Community-Based Management 310 THEATER 16:30 S Dove Insights Into The Effects Of Temperature And/Or Acidification On Coral Reef Ecosystems 306 A/B 17:00 T Foster Ocean Acidification Causes Structural Deformities In Juvenile Coral Skeletons 314 17:00 W Leggat The Great Barrier Reef Is At Risk Of Losing Thermal Tolerance 313 B 17:15 N Evensen Quantifying The Effects Of Ocean Acidification On The Recovery Of Coral Communities 314 17:30 H Epstein Long-Term Variation In Coral-Associated Microbial Symbionts 313 C 17:30 B Allan Differential Effects Of Co2 And Warming On Predator-Prey Interactions In Coral Reef Fish 306 A/B 18:00 B Ramsby The Effects Of A Changing Marine Environment On The Bioeroding Sponge Cliona Orientalis 313 C
Time Slot Name Title Room 18:15 – 19:45 J Rummer Blacktip Reef Sharks (Carcharhinus Melanopterus) show high capacity for wound healing and recovery following injury Poster/Exhibit Hall 18:15 – 19:45 A Andreas Dietzel Quantity, Not Quality – First Large-Scale Census Of Indo-Pacific Scleractinian Corals Poster/Exhibit Hall 18:15 – 19:45 L Puk Siganus Virgatus Is A Key Browser In Coral Reefs Of The Gulf Of Thailand Poster/Exhibit Hall 18:15 – 19:45 T Razak Seasonal Patterns Of Growth In The Robust Branching Coral Isopora Palifera From The Central Great Barrier Reef, Australia Poster/Exhibit Hall
Lunch with mentors ICRS lunch with mentors is your opportunity to casually chat with renowned coral reef scientists over lunch. Today’s session includes Centre researchers David Bellwood, Geoffrey Jones, Peter Mumby and David Miller. Time: 11:30-12:45 Location: Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 2 Centre’s students social events Happy Hour at Rum Fire
$5-6 cocktails, small plates $5-10, other food menu items ~$15 Arnold’s Beach Bar
6:30 pm onwards
$4 local drafts, $5 cocktails, live music until 8:00 pm
Thursday 23rd June Presentations
Time Slot Name Title Room 8:00 J Lough (Plenary) A Changing Climate For Coral Reefs Kalakaua Ballroom 09:30 S Comeau Coral Regulation Of The Calcifying Fluid Is Affected By Seawater Dissolved Inorganic Carbon Concentration 314 09:30 M Hein Characterising Coral Restoration Effectiveness: A Review Of Current Limitations And Challenges At A Socio-Ecological Scale 301 B 09:30 B Willis Baselines And Drivers Of Coral Disease In The World’S Oldest Marine Park 313 C 09:45 M Barnes Inequity In Co-Management Of Coral Reefs 310 THEATER 09:45 M Kingsford Larval Behavior And Longevity Of Fishes Influences The Genetic Resilience Of Reef-Based Populations 317 A/B 10:15 A Hoey Macroalgal-Herbivore Feedbacks And The Dynamics Of Coral Reefs 313 A 10:15 C Pisapia Background Rates Of Mortality And Injury For Common Coral Taxa On Australia’S Great Barrier Reef 306 A/B 10:30 Z Loffler The Holdfast Is Key: Sargassum Regrowth From Holdfasts Rapid Unless Removed By Herbivores 313 A 10:30 K Nicolet Disease Ecology And Transmission Pattern: A Case Study Of Brown Band And Black Band Disease On The Great Barrier Reef 313 C 10:45 L Georgiou Ph Homeostasis During Coral Calcification In A Free Ocean Co2 Enrichment (Foce) Experiment, Heron Island Reef Flat, Great Barrier Reef 314 11:15 T Hughes A Brave New World For Caribbean Reefs 313 A 13:45 V Schoepf Thermal Tolerance Of Corals From The Naturally Extreme Kimberley Region In Northwest Australia 313 B 14:00 J Cheok Simulating The Dynamic Transition From Regional Designs To Local Actions 312 14:00 M Scott Effects Of Temperature On In Situ Behaviour And Activity Of Coral Trout, Plectropomus Leopardus, On The Great Barrier Reef, Australia 308 A/B 14:15 Y Bozec Evaluating Trade-Offs Between Fisheries Harvest And Coral Reef Resilience 310 THEATER 14:30 R Green Modelling The Circulation Of A Semi-Enclosed Isolated Coral Reef Atoll 312 14:45 R Thurstan Engaging Resource Users To Identify Social And Ecological Changes In Australia’S Coral Trout Fishery. 305 A/B 15:00 D Wachenfeld ‘Reef Recovery Plans’ For The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park- Managing Local Pressures In A Global Context 305 A/B 15:15 K Anderson Synergistic Effects Of Ocean Warming And Acidification On Growth And Survivorship Of Common Reef-Building Corals 314 16:15 T Ainsworth From The Microbial Soup And The Slippery Slope To Slime, To A New Normal For Reef Corals 313 A 16:30 K Fraser Putting Marine Policy Into Practice: The Use Of Policy In Marine Protected Area Management 310 THEATER 16:30 S Watson Ocean Acidification Alters Marine Invertebrate Behaviour Via Neural Impairment 314 16:30 H Clarke Sub-Regional Variability In The Coral Bleaching Response At Ningaloo Reef During The 2010/11 La Niña: Perturbations In The Coral Sr/Ca Paleothermometer 311 17:15 A Song Multi-Scalar Interactions Of A Local Island Fisheries: Spatial Management And Geopolitical Considerations 303 A/B 17:30 T Morrison The Meta-Governance Of Coral Reefs 303 A/B 17:45 G Roff Phase Shift Dynamics Following Catastrophic Disturbance On An Indo-Pacific Coral Reef System (Palau, Western Pacific) 313 A 17:45 L Richardson Structural Complexity Mediates Functional Structure Of Reef Fish Assemblages Among Coral Habitats 308 A/B
Lunch with mentors ICRS lunch with mentors is your opportunity to casually chat with renowned coral reef scientists over lunch. Today’s session includes Centre researchers Stephen Palumbi and Ove Hoegh-Guldberg. Time: 11:30-12:45 Location: Kamehameha Exhibit Hall 2
Friday 24th June Presentations
Time Slot Name Title Room 09:30 T Bridge Ecological And Morphological Traits Predict Depth-Generalist Fishes On Coral Reefs 308 A/B 09:30 J Donelson Transgenerational Plasticity Depends On Rate Of Warming Across Generations 313 B 09:30 V Lam State-Space Modelling To Quantify The Drivers Of Coral Community Dynamics Of The Inshore Great Barrier Reef 306 A/B 09:45 R Streit Functional Distinctions Among Browsing Herbivorous Fishes: Reduced Redundancy And The Importance Of Large Individuals 308 A/B 10:00 B Bergseth Prevalence Of Poaching By Recreational Fishers In The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Australia 305 A/B 10:15 M McWilliam Coral Trait Diversity And Functional Collapse On Caribbean Coral Reefs 308 A/B 10:30 A Arias Levels And Drivers Of Compliance With Marine Protected Areas 305 A/B 10:30 S Kim Filling The Gaps: Imputation Of Coral Trait Database And Functional Biogeography Of Corals 308 A/B 10:45 P Buerger How A Coral Pathogen Fights Viral Infections? 313 C 10:45 A Kubicek How Time And Space Influence Life-History Traits In Coral Communities 308 A/B 11:00 C Kuo Adaptive Strategies Of Scleractinian Corals 308 A/B 13:45 P Munday Heritablity Of Co2 Tolerance In A Coral Reef Fish 313 B 13:45 M Pratchett Variable Reproductive Timing And Fecundity Of Crown-Of-Thorns Starfish (Acanthaster Cf. Planci) In The Northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia. 313 A 14:00 C Caballes The Role Of Maternal Nutrition On Oogenesis And Larval Development In The Coral-Eating Crown-Of-Thorns Starfish, Acanthaster Planci 313 A 14:00 T Laubenstein The Relationship Between Behavioural And Physiological Tolerance To Elevated Co2 In Coral Reef Fish 313 B 14:15 T Rueger Close Encounters Of The Sibling Kind: Self-Recruitment And Kin Associations In Social Groups Of A Coral Reef Cardinalfish 317 A/B 14:30 M Young Recreational Spearfishing On Coral Reefs: An Australian Perspective 310 THEATER 14:45 Z Cowan Predation On Crown-Of-Thorns Starfish Larvae By Damselfishes 313 A
Centre’s students social events Sunset Mai Tai Cruise Sail Holokai$53 online, $50 by phone Reserve online here or book by phone: 0011-808-922-2210 (Australia), or just 1 808-922-2210 from your accommodation in Hawaii. Let them know you are under the booking for Katie Peterson. Meet on the beach behind Outrigger Reef behind Shorebird Hotel at 5:00 pm (must board by 5:10 pm). Recommended gratuity for the boat crew is $5 cash.