Archive for July, 2009

Center for Ocean Solutions is looking to hire a Science Director

The Center for Ocean Solutions here in Monterey is looking to hire a Science Director.  The URL below provides more details on the job.  Please share with your institution.

Joe Wible,  Hopkins Marine Station

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AIMS Waypoint Quarterly Newletter

The latest edition of “Waypoint”, the Australian Institute of Marine Science’s quarterly online newsletter, is ready for navigation.

To go direct to the newsletter, please follow this link:

Key coordinates to visit include:

$55m infrastructure project fires up tropical marine science

The $55 million federally funded Tropical Marine Research Facility Project at AIMS will greatly increase understanding of Australia’s complex marine ecosystems and support jobs, particularly in regional areas.

A major part of the project will be the Australian Tropical Oceans Simulator, which will enable AIMS scientists and their collaborators to conduct experiments to understand and predict the effects of global and local change on the marine environment.

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Despite fears, coral reefs have not been overgrown by seaweed

A global survey of coral reefs has shown that, while reefs face many threats, fears of a takeover by seaweed have so far not been realised.

AIMS scientist Dr Hugh Sweatman and his US colleagues have published a paper that questions a common view that many reefs that were once lush coral communities are now overgrown by seaweed.

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Baby fish shaped by mothers’ stress

Stressed reef fish mothers produce highly active babies, and this affects survival and has important implications for fish populations in a changing environment, according to new research.

Dr Monica Gagliano, a research fellow with the AIMS@JCU joint venture, worked with colleague Dr Mark McCormick from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies on a study that deepens understanding of how stress affects the dynamics of wild fish populations and hence how fish may cope with increasing human-induced stresses.

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The secret life of tropical sponges comes to light

They are sea creatures that have no neural system, just sit still in one place, and are far less studied and understood than more charismatic species such as corals. But a new scientific study has revealed just how remarkable tropical marine sponges really are – and how their young perform amazing feats to ensure the survival of new generations.

AIMS sponge ecologist Dr Steve Whalan, with colleagues from AIMS and James Cook University, has published a paper documenting the first ever study of sponge larvae from release to settlement and so sheds new light on what happens in the early stages of the lifecycle.

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CReefs marine science project inspiring BHP Billiton staff

The Australian resources company, BHP Billiton, has a growing pool of marine science knowledge and appreciation in its ranks, thanks to a successful employee engagement program in the Australian node of the international CReefs project.

BHP Billiton is a partner in the four-year $3.4 million project, along with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and AIMS. CReefs is the coral reef component of the Census of Marine Life, a global scientific initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution and abundance of marine life.

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In brief

AIMS appoints a new science leader for WA. CReefs scientists take up temporary residence at Ningaloo Station for the latest expedition. Female whale sharks at Ningaloo Marine Park are being electronically tagged to discover their migratory pathways.

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IAMSLIC welcomes new members

Mario Espejel

Colegio de Postgraduados, Biblioteca Central

Km. 36.5 Carr. Mex. – Texcoco, Montecillo

Texcoco, Mexico 56230


Telephone: 0015558045900 x1129






Ekaterina Kulakova

Southern Scientific Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography (YugNIRO) World Ocean Fisheries Resources


2 Sverdlov Street

Kerch, Crimea 98300


Telephone: (380-6561) 2-10-12

Fax: (380-6561) 6-16-27



Eloisa de Sousa Maia

Instituto Oceanografico (IO/USP), Universidade de Sao Paulo

Praca do Oceanografico, 191 Cidade Universitaria-Butana

Sao Paulo, CEP 05508-900


Telephone: (0055)(0xx11)3091-6590

Fax: (0055)(0xx11)3091-5040




Fabiola Riquelme

Instituto Antartico Chileno Library

Plaza Munoz Gamero 1055

Punta Arenas, Region de Magallanes y Antarti 620-9100


Telephone: 56-61 298144

Fax: 56-61 298149




Dan Schill

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

PO Box 25, 600 South Walnut

Boise, ID 83707

United States

Telephone: 208-287-2777

Fax: 208-334-2114



Kristen L. Metzger,  Membership Database & Committee Chair


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