Estimating the ecological impact of the invasive lionfish, Pterois volitans, in the Western Caribbean Sea (Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras) through gut content analysis

submitted by: Astrid_Mejia

Mejia Martinez AY (Bay Islands Conservation Association, Honduras) ? Puncher GN (Roatan Marine Park, Honduras) ? Erzini K (Center of Marine Sciences, Portugal) ? Gonçalves JMS (Center of Marine Sciences, Portugal)

Predicted levels of future ocean acidification and temperature rise could alter community structure and biodiversity in marine benthic communities

submitted by: R_Hale
 A mesocosm experiment was conducted to quantify the effects of pH and temperature on an intact marine invertebrate community. Standardised communities from the low intertidal zone were exposed to one of eight nominal treatments (four pH × two temperature levels). After 60 days exposure communities showed significant changes in structure and diversity. At higher pH levels elevated temperature treatments contained higher species abundances and diversity than the lower temperature treatments.

Marine Phylographic Structuring during Climate Change

submitted by: andrelevy
Post-Glacial colonization of Northern regions in the Northern hemisphere by terrestrial animals have been extensively studied, and a cross-species analysis has revealed major routes and demographic patterns. Analogous comparisons for Atlantic marine species are undergoing. Preliminary comparisons across a variety of bentic inshore organisms, ranging from fish and invertebrates to algae,  reveal a diversity of patterns of colonization of Northern boreal waters after the Last Glacial Maximum.

Developing and testing approaches for Marine Spatial Planning: the case of aquaculture

submitted by: Lauren_McWhinnie

A fundamental goal of the Scottish Marine Bill is to streamline regulation and develop a new framework to coordinate and manage activities' around Scotland's coast. This study will evaluate and explore the application of different approaches, using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), to the development of a Scottish marine spatial planning framework, with a particular focus on decision-making for future aquaculture sites.