Special session on the biogeochemistry of coral reef systems at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium, 19–24 June 2016, Honolulu, Hawai’i.

The deadline for the receipt of abstracts is Friday, 15 January 2016!

Session title: Session 9 – Biogeochemistry of coral reef systems


Coral reef ecosystems play a crucial role in physically shaping the ecosystems they live in, mainly by their ability to produce large calcium carbonate structures. In order for corals to calcify and grow, they need stable environmental conditions: temperatures typically around 25°C, and oligotrophic, sunlit, and alkaline waters. Research on reefs has focused on their biology and ecology along with associated inorganic carbon cycles. More recently, there is increasing interest in understanding the interactions of all biological, geological, and chemical processes (biogeochemistry) that control environmental conditions on reefs and the response of these processes to global change.

In this session organizers intend to bring together researchers interested in presenting new insights into the biogeochemistry of coral reef systems. They are particularly interested in studies of dissolved and particulate organic carbon, including biogenic volatile organic compounds (e.g. DMS), nitrogen and phosphorus cycling, how these processes vary over space and time, and their likely response to warming, ocean acidification and eutrophication.


Lead contact: Christian Lønborg (c.lonborg(at)aims.gov.au, clonborg(at)gmail.com)

Craig Nelson (craig.nelson(at)hawaii.edu)

Christian Wild (christian.wild(at)uni-bremen.de)

Bradley Eyre (bradley.eyre(at)scu.edu.au)

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