Scientists to Attend "Reef Futures 2018" Symposium on Reef Restoration

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Research Marine Biologist Ilsa Kuffner, Research Oceanographer Lauren Toth, and Oceanographer Anastasios Stathakopoulos will travel to Key Largo, FL, December 10 to 14 to attend "Reef Futures 2018: A Coral Restoration and Intervention-Science Symposium."

This global conference will bring together over 400 leading scientists and experts from more than 30 countries. USGS involvement in the symposium includes Kuffner as Co-Chair of the Science Program Planning Committee, a concurrent session presenter, and a plenary speaker during the symposium closing remarks. Toth and Stathakopoulos will both present research findings during concurrent sessions. The USGS researchers will be presenting scientific results to guide the management and restoration of coral-reef ecosystems. The work presented will highlight the geological significance of reefs as protectors of coastal communities and how information on the Holocene fossil record can be used to inform what species and where to restore coral reefs.

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Date published: October 5, 2018
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