The Smithsonian Institution,
the National Science Foundation, and the Ocean Studies Board of
the National Research Council announce a symposium in May 2010 to
celebrate the scientific contributions and value of scuba as research
view webcasts from this event, click AGENDA.
The symposium will present research findings by U.S. scholars and
international collaborators with particular focus on the scientific
contributions accomplished by placing the trained scientific eye
into the underwater environment on self-contained compressed gas.
This symposium is the first major effort to highlight and validate
the use of scuba as research methodology.
The symposium is scheduled for May 24 and 25, 2010 at Smithsonian’s
Baird Auditorium in the National Museum of Natural History, Washington,
D.C. The two-day event will feature over 50 oral presentations and
a formal reception at the Sant Ocean Hall. The expected audience
includes research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and research
staff, students, program managers and representatives from federal
agencies, congressional staff, news media and the general public.
50 scholars will discuss their papers on research findings from
around the world on coral reefs, blue-water environments, under-ice
polar habitats, temperate kelp forests and other sites of interest.
Results will be disseminated to scholars and the public through
publication of the symposium proceedings volume in the Smithsonian
Contributions to the Marine Sciences series by Smithsonian Institution
Scholarly Press, Web sites, and the news media.
Symposium Co-Chairs: Michael Lang, Roberta Marinelli, Susan Roberts
and Phillip Taylor.