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ISRC Kick-Off Symposium

Date: December 8, 2011
Time: 8:30 AM until 5:30 PM
Location: The Alumni Center 1030 West Tennessee St.

All interested students, post-docs, researchers and faculty from FSU as well as from other institutions and organizations are welcome and encouraged to attend.

ISRC Symposium Registration Fees: $20
(This includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon hors d'oeuvres)
Please pay on the day of the symposium by either cash or check.

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Symposium Registration

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Deadline for Registration is Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 6PM (EST)

The focus of Florida State University's newly-formed The Inter-American Seas Research Consortium is to address the confluence of economic, cultural, and ecological problems of the Inter-American Seas (including the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and the southeast U.S. Continental Shelf) that derive from the region's physical and social connectivity. This region is enormously underserved by all forms of research despite its high economic value and geostrategic importance. The long-term prospects of national economies throughout the region are inextricably tied to the health of its marine resources. Addressing these issues requires an integrated understanding of the ecological, cultural, and economic parameters surrounding policy decisions and the capacity to address problems that arise in legal and political arenas-on land, in coastal waters, and in the deep seas.

This ISRC symposium is devoted to exploring the relevant "hot topic" research areas within each of the institute's three theme areas: Coastal and Marine Science; Societies, Culture, and Connections; Law, Risk, and Governance.

The morning session features five invited speakers exploring how this region raises exceptional issues for research around these themes. In the afternoon, there will be round-table discussions exploring:

  • Oil and Gas Exploration and Development
  • Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise

Following this, FSU faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students will present 2-minute talks describing their research that is further explored in the poster session.


8:30Continental Breakfast
8:45Opening Remarks - Dr. Sam Huckaba, FSU Dean of Arts and Sciences
8:55Dr. Felicia Coleman - Director, FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory
9:00 Dr. John Bruno (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Regional threats to marine ecosystems in Inter-American Seas
9:30 Dr. Robin Mahon (University of the West Indies)
The emerging ocean governance regime in the Wider Caribbean Region
10:00 Dr. Carlos Garcia-Quijano (University of Rhode Island)
Connected by Water: Coastal Peoples and Human Ecosystems in the Inter-American Seas
10:30 Dr. Eric Chassignet (Florida State University)
Physical Oceanography of the Inter-American Seas
11:00 Dr. David Letson (University of Miami)
Economic Problems & Opportunities in the Inter-American Seas
11:30 Lunch
1:00 Roundtable 1 - Oil & Gas Exploration and Development
2:30 Roundtable 2 - Climate Change & Sea Level Rise
4:00 Poster Session and Cocktails

Poster Session

We invite all FSU faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates who work on coastal and marine issues that are relevant to the Inter-American Seas region to attend the entire meeting, contribute posters, and participate in the round-table discussions.

Poster size is limited to 36" tall x 48" wide. Posters will be displayed on foam-core poster board mounted on easels. Poster boards, easels, pins, tape, and spray adhesive will be supplied. If you require other means of mounting, please bring the necessary supplies with you. Let us know if an electric outlet is required.

Poster presenters will each deliver a 2-minute introduction to their poster, immediately prior to the poster session/cocktail hour. Posters by young investigators are particularly encouraged. An award will be given for the best poster by a young investigator (undergraduate or graduate student).

For additional information or questions, please contact Helena Safron at hsafron@fsu.edu

Funding for the ISRC Symposium is being provided by FSU's College of Arts & Sciences, College of Law, and Office of Research