I would like to bring your attention to a new report „The State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report“ (SAMBR) released by the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council.
This Report identifies trends in key marine species and points to important gaps in biodiversity monitoring efforts across key ecosystem components in: sea ice biota, plankton, benthos, marine fishes, seabirds and marine mammals.
Changes in these species are likely to indicate changes in the overall marine environment. The report found that changing food availability, loss of ice habitat, increases in contagious diseases, and the impending invasion of southern species are taking their toll on Arctic marine animals, and pointing to an ecosystem on the verge of a major shift.
The SAMBR provides a status on Arctic biodiversity monitoring, identifying gaps in monitoring activities and a status on where those activities are taking place (see attached graphic).
The report provides advice to improve Arctic biodiversity monitoring activities to provide scientific information to policy makers more quickly. These include better coordination, standardisation of methods, improved consideration of Traditional and Local Knowledge, and attention to filling key information gaps.
The data generated for this report can be found on CAFFs Arctic Biodiversity Data Service (ABDS)
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Tom __________________________________________________________________ Tom Barry Executive Secretary Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Arctic Council Working group Borgir, Nordurslod 600 Akureyri, Iceland
The Dove Marine Laboratory, a facility of Newcastle University, is the ideal location from which visiting researchers can base their ecological and field based investigations of north-east England’s coastal and marine habitats. We wish to promote collaboration and networking with our researchers, and usage of our excellent facilities. We offer two grants of maximally €2000 annually to support promising PhD students and early-career postdoctoral researchers (PhD obtained within the last 5 years) from across the MARS network of Marine stations (outside the UK) to undertake research at the Dove Marine Laboratory. These research travel awards are generously supported by the Frank and Joy Williams Dove Benefactor Fund. Research areas covered include: marine ecology; marine mammal or seabird behaviour or ecology; marine spatial planning; marine policy and governance; taxonomy, physiology, behaviour, reproductive biology of marine invertebrates and algae; application of object based image analysis (OBIA) to acoustic data for mapping and monitoring purposes; geomorphology and erosion processes of coastal habitats; plankton dynamics and community structure; research that utilises the long-term Dove Time Series of plankton samples; coastal oceanographic processes; research supporting development of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive
For more information, and application, click here.
It was an honour and pleasure to have presided the MARS community for the last 4 years. In these years we have seen drastic changes in the landscape of marine stations. The existence of some stations was threatened and funding has been structured towards strategic applied sciences and large scale infrastructures. The role of, especially smaller, marine stations with their often curiosity driven research, is under pressure. The need for a stronger central representation of marine stations through MARS is more needed and evident than ever before. The set-up for new approaches, an overarching programme and a business plan within MARS has now been recently agreed upon in order to reinforce the position of marine stations. We are now going full steam ahead with the implementation of this new approach. This will be a major task for the new President to lead. It is with confidence that I hand over this task to Matt Frost, deputy director of the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth. I wish the whole MARS community a new period of prosperity, with ample funding possibilities to carry out marine science.
Prof. Dr. Herman Hummel was elected as President of the MARS (The European Network of Marine Research Institutes and Stations) in 2013, after having a successful relevant career as the Executive Director of the MarBEF (Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning) NoE (Network of Excellence). After his two successful terms on the presidency of MARS, he leaves behind many glaring achievements, such as: – the update of the MARS statutes, under the Dutch legal system – the collaboration between MARS and WAMS (the World Association of Marine Stations) – a series of successful MARS Assembly (3) and Executive Board meetings (8) – a suite of short term grants for early career scientists (8), which were able to move between the 62 MARS stations and institutes – the successful chairing of the EMBOS (European Marine Biodiversity Observatory System) COST ACTION , which allied 43 senior scientists from 22 EU and other countries. This particular Network created a legacy on marine biodiversity observation all over the EU, which had never occurred in the past. The results of this COST ACTION project are being available as a collection of research articles in the international peer-reviewed JMBA (Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom) – at the same time, as president of the EMBS (European Marine Biology Symposia), he further supported the broader scientific community on the discipline of marine biology in Europe and attracted much more participation from overseas
We thank him for his invaluable contributions and chairmanship.
Christos Arvanitidis, on behalf of the MARS Executive Board
The term of several members of the Executive Board has ended. Ferdinando Boero and Alf Norkko (Full Member), Mike Thorndyke (past President), Pierre Lasserre (co-opted for UNESCO), Ricardo Santos (co-opted for Deep Sea affairs and EU) will have to leave the board. We are very grateful for their investment in, and coordination of, MARS.
We welcome Alexander Tzetlin (MSU, Moscow, Russia) and Iwona Pawliczka (Hel-IO UG, Poland) as new board members (Full Member).
The MARS directors meeting has been held last month hosted by IH Cantabria, Universidad de Cantabria(IHC), Centro Oceanográfico de Santander (COS-IEO), and Museo Marítimo del Cantábrico (MMC), Santander Spain, (30 January – 2 February 2017). The main aim of this meeting was to evaluate the scope of MARS and discuss an agenda for the future. The discussions were very fruitful and resulted in recommendations for adapting the scope and title of MARS, allocation of the budget, and development of an overarching (research) project. This all will be taken up by the Executive Board for further decisions and action, including a position paper on the future of marine research and marine research stations, and an outline/proposal for an overarching theme.
We thank Jose Juanes De La Peña, Luis Valdes, Alicia Lavín, Gerardo García-Castrillo and their crew for the excellent organization (and social events) of the MARS directors meeting 2017.
Herman Hummel, President of MARS, and the MARS secretariat
You can find the executive summary and the minutes (MARS members only) of the meeting here.
Marie Curie ITN “MarPipe” – Position on offer Open University – Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn International Ph.D. Program 2016 – 2017
Call for a PhD position in the framework of the MarPipe Project “Improving the flow in the pipeline of the next generation of marine biodiscovery scientists”, to carry out interdisciplinary training at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Naples (Italy).
Applications are invited from qualified postgraduate candidates to work on the following topic: Drug discovery from marine microalgae
Director of Studies: Adrianna Ianora, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn
The closing date for applications is May 10th 2017.