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Scientists from both the Pacific (PCMSC) and St. Petersburg (SPCMSC) Coastal and Marine Science Centers are traveling to Bremen, Germany, for the 15th International Coral Reef Symposium—taking on some impressive roles as they represent USGS at this global conference. 

Photo of undercut coral in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Photo of undercut coral taken at Hen and Chickens Reef Sanctuary Preservation Area, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Coral reefs are facing unprecedented stressors around the globe. The 15th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS), taking place July 3-8 in Bremen, Germany, is the primary international conference on coral-reef science, conservation and management, and brings together leading scientists, conservationists, ocean experts, policy makers, and more to develop science-based solutions addressing the present and future challenges of coral reefs. The event provides a platform to present the latest scientific findings and ideas, as well as build the essential bridges between coral reef science, conservation, management, and public outreach. 

Several well-known leaders in the international coral reef science community conduct their research within the USGS Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program, which will be well represented at the conference: 

Dr. Ilsa Kuffner (SPCMSC) is co-leading a session titled, “Creating coral reefs in waiting: How can we leverage evolutionary ecology to maximize the adaptive potential of restored coral populations?”, giving a talk titled "Coral-reef restoration and Kintsugi, the art of repairing cracked pottery," and participating in gatherings in her role as elected International Coral Reef Society councilor. 

Dr. Ferdinand Oberle (PCMSC) will present, “How coastal groundwater discharge and reef circulation produce zones of coral stress.”  

Dr. Curt Storlazzi (PCMSC) is chairing a session, "Can Coral Reef Restoration Increase Coastal Protection?" and giving a talk, "Rigorously Valuing the Coastal Hazard Risk Reduction Provided by Coral Reef Restoration in Florida and Puerto Rico."  

Dr. Renee Takesue (PCMSC) will present virtually, "Informing coral reef conservation and management with geochemical sourcing of land-based sediment and contaminants: Olowalu, a Mission Blue Hope Spot."  

Dr. Lauren Toth (SPCMSC) is participating virtually, giving an invited keynote talk titled “Climate and the geological integrity of coral reefs.” Dr. Toth will also receive the ICRS Early-Career Award. She was chosen for this award in 2019, but the presentation has been delayed until this year's conference.  

Find more information, including the conference schedule and book of abstracts at the conference website:  

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