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International Invasive Sea Squirt Conference V

The biology, biogeography, ecology and impact of invasive ascidians
October 29-31, 2014


Invasive ascidians are impacting ecosystems, creating a nuisance for the aquaculture industry, and are a major component of fouling communities.  The aim of this conference is to bring together marine biologists and people concerned with invasive ascidians, to explore the biology, ecology, impacts, management options for control and other relevant topics.  The format of the three-day conference will include a taxonomic workshop led by Gretchen Lambert, oral presentations and posters on current research, and a discussion led by an expert panel.  The conference program will be subdivided into three sections: 1) Invasive Ascidian Biology and Biogeography, 2) Invasive Ascidian Ecology, and 3) Invasive Ascidian Impacts, Risks and Management. 


The conference target audience will be marine biologists, shellfishery scientists, representative of the shellfishery industry, members of local, state, and federal agencies concerned with coastal resources, representatives from sponsoring organizations and the media.


Woods Hole Sea Grant, MIT Sea Grant, Coastal Zone Management’s Rapid Assessment Survey, WHOI Coastal Ocean Institute


The conference will be held at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Quissett Campus, Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  Conference sessions will be held in Clark Laboratory Conference Room 507 located at 360 Woods Hole Road.  Planned attendance is for up to 100 people.  Continental breakfast and lunch will be served on 3 days to registered participants as well as a banquet dinner on the evening of October 30 all in Clark Laboratory.

Steering Committee

Jeff Davidson (UPEI), Cynthia McKenzie (DFO Canada, Newfoundland), Page Valentine (USGS), Phil Colarusso (US EPA), Bob Whitlatch (UConn), Jim Carlton (Williams College), Judy Pederson (MIT Sea Grant), Stephan Bullard (UHartford), Mary Carman (WHOI)


Please submit abstracts to Mary Carman, mcarman@whoi.edu and indicate whether you prefer to give an oral presentation or present in poster format.  Deadline is October 1, 2014.


Contributed posters will be displayed throughout the conference in Clark Laboratory room 509 with a special poster session on October 30. 


» Click here to register for the conference

Registration contact (E. Bailey) will be out of the office from 10/2 to 10/14 and will address those registrations after that date.  Fax submissions may be sent to a dedicated fax at 508-289-2126.
 For more immediate correspondence, please contact Mary Carman at mcarman@whoi.edu.


Some lodging venues have deadlines for time they will hold a block of rooms.  It is advised to book your lodging by September 28.  After that date, room availability is not guaranteed.

Special rates for this conference have been negotiated with the following hotels:

Falmouth Inn on the Square
Holiday Inn
Sands of Time Motor Inn
Sleepy Hollow Motor Inn


Papers from the conference proceedings will be published in special issues of the REABIC journals Aquatic Invasions and Management of Biological Invasions (at a reduced rate) under the guidance of guest co-editors. Information on article processing/open access charges is available at http://www.aquaticinvasions.net/submissions.html and http://www.reabic.net/journals/mbi/Submission.aspx

Links to the published papers from the proceedings of IISSC-II and IISSC-III can be found at Aquatic Invasions http://www.aquaticinvasions.net/2009/index1.html and http://www.aquaticinvasions.net/2011/issue4.html

Last updated: October 24, 2014