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The Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean
Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean
39th Scientific Conference

Environmental Variability in the Wider Caribbean and the Ecological, Social, and Economic Consequences

20 - 24 May 2019
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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The 39th Scientific Conference of the Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean (AMLC) will be hosted by Grupo Puntacana Foundation. The main venue will be the Westin Puntacana Resort & Club. Download our pre-Meeting Guide for more details.

This event will bring together students, established scientists, and others with an interest in marine science and policy for a five-day meeting, focusing on presentations, productive interactions, and field trips. The meeting is open to anyone and has seen a rapidly growing attendance over the last few years as the only Caribbean-focused meeting of its kind.

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Meeting Theme

The meeting will encompass ALL aspects of marine science and resource management in the Wider Caribbean region. The theme of the meeting will therefore address the Environmental Variability in the Wider Caribbean and the Ecological, Social, and Economic Consequences.

Session Themes

  • Harmful algal blooms and sargassum invasions in the Caribbean
  • Physiological responses of marine species to climate change
  • Filter Feeders
  • Novel techniques in remote sensing and reef science
  • AGGRA session
  • Interoperability and sharing of trait data
  • Marine population connectivity in the Caribbean
  • Reef microbiomes
  • Importance of mangroves and seagrasses in ecosystem health
  • Climate change impacts to coastal ecosystems
  • Historical ecology
  • Coral disease an d bleaching
  • Reef restoration and resilience
  • Multi-stressor impacts to coral reefs
  • Marine science and conservation efforts and socio-ecological systems in the Caribbean
  • Crowd sourcing for marine science, management and conservation
  • Ecological and socioeconomic consequences of changing physical environments
  • Science, politics, and education surrounding mismanagement of plastics
  • Marine Protected Areas: Science, administration, and enforcement
  • Commercial fisheries in the Caribbean

Mr. Jake Kheel VP of Grupo Puntacana Foundation
Dr. Nicolas Pascal UNDP Blue Finance
Dr. Charles Sheppard Emeritus Professor, University of Warwick
Dr. Stephen Monismith Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Stanford University
Mr. Frank Rainieri Marranzini President & CEO of Grupo Puntacana
Dr. Francisco Dominguez Brito Former Attorney General of the Dominican Republic
Former Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources
Dr. Anastazia Teresa Banaszak Unidad Académica de Sistemas Arrecifales
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México

By bringing together participants from a broad collection of geographic and scientific specialties, the AMLC hopes that this meeting provides a setting for the synthesis for new marine science ideas, discoveries, and techniques; and that it serves to expand regional and interdisciplinary collaborations throughout the Wider Caribbean region.

The AMLC hopes to see you in Punta Cana!

Registration Dates and Fees
15 January thru 20 February 2019 21 February thru 20 April 2019 After 20 April 2019
Registration Type Early Regular Late
Regular (includes 2-year membership) USD $200 USD $240 USD $280
Official Representative of an AMLC Institutional Sponsor, AMLC Officers, & Honorary Lifetime Members USD $140 USD $180 USD $220
Student (includes 2-year membership) USD $100 USD $140 USD $180
This rate only applies to Honorary Lifetime Members, to individuals officially designated by a sponsoring institution as their VOTING representative to the AMLC Executive Board, and to elected AMLC officers. The institution must not be arrears in dues payments.

Abstract Dates
Notification of abstract acceptance sent no later than 1 April 2019
Notification on type of presentation (oral or poster) 1 April 2019
The abstract submission period has ended. Please direct any questions regarding acceptance and/or oral versus poster assignments to our Science Committee chairwoman, Dr. Leandra Cho-Ricketts

Awards Banquet on Thursday, 23rd May

The Awards Banquet will be held at the beachfront Playa Blanca Restraurant & Bar from 7 - 11 pm. See the Banquet page for details.

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