The RCUK committee is pleased to announce that the Reef Conservation UK conference will be held on Saturday 14th December 2019 at the Zoological Society of London.
This meeting is held to promote the mission of RCUK by opening the lines of communication through a series of presentations, posters and networking opportunities. Aside from the scheduled programme, this gathering is an excellent opportunity to meet fellow UK reef workers and enthusiasts to discuss ideas and activities on an informal basis.
The annual Reef Conservation UK conference programme is now available to download here: RCUK 2019 Programme (145.28 KB)
As with previous years, the conference will be composed of oral presentations and speed talks as well as incorporating plenty of time to peruse the posters on display. Following the closure of the ZSL London aquarium, the post-conference drinks reception will be be held in BUGS this year.
We are happy to announce this year’s plenary presentations will be given by Dr Johann Mourier and Estradivari.
Johann Mourier is a marine behavioural ecologist at the Marine Biodiversity Exploitation and Conservation lab (MARBEC) in France. His research has focused for the last 15 years on the ecology and conservation of marine predators, primarily sharks. He has been studying the behavioural ecology, trophic ecology, movement ecology and conservation biology of sharks using multiple advanced and non-invasive approaches including underwater observations, biologging, genetics, stable isotope analyses and network theory. Much of his research has been focused around the remote and healthy coral reefs of French Polynesia (Pacific Ocean) where he has also been involved in an elasmobranch citizen science program for the past 8 years. In the last 5 years, he has been leading a research project in the atoll of Fakarava in one of the largest aggregations of reef sharks with the objective to better understand the role these predators have in the coral reef ecosystem.
Estradivari is Conservation Research Manager at WWF-Indonesia. She is a leading Indonesian marine conservation scientist, with over 15 years experience coordinating marine conservation projects to promote biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries. Her work has influenced Indonesian government policy spanning the national to district level. Most recently, Estradivari has been responsible for developing a marine protected area network across Indonesia's Sunda-Banda region based on implementing best-practice biodiversity, fisheries, and social science. She has a diverse research background, spanning marine and coastal ecology, ecological and social impact evaluation, marine conservation, and fisheries management. Prior joining WWF Indonesia, Estradivari worked for 10 years for UNESCO and the Indonesian Coral Reef Foundation.
Full abstract booklet: to be published shortly
Paper Free Conference
Once again RCUK will be aiming to go “paper free”. The programme and abstract booklet will be available to download; the schedule will also be on display around the theatre. A full list of delegates will be emailed to those registered a few days prior to the conference.