It is with great regret we inform you the conference has been cancelled for 2015
Chagos Conservation Conference 2015
27 Nov 2015 - 10am - 7pm
Huxley Lecture Theatre at Zoological Society of London
The Chagos Conservation Trust's 5th annual conference of science, conservation and history in the Chagos Archipelago focuses on expeditions to the marine reserve in the last 12 months. Covering deep open sea to the shallow reefs and onto the islands themselves, teams of scientists have been busy gathering data, restoring habitat and fighting pests in 2015. CCT brings you the highlights from these expeditions and sets the scene for ambitious new conservation initiatives.
Tickets cost £30 (£10 students, ID required on the day) and include refreshments, lunch and drinks reception.
Tickets for Chagos Conservation Trust members are free so join today!
9.30 - 10:00 Registration and coffee
10:15 Professor Charles Sheppard, Chair of CCT - Welcome and introduction and some science developments
10:30 Tom Letessier - What places like Chagos tell us about human impact on the pelagic realm
11:00 Prof Nick Graham - Rats vs birds: nutrient subsidies to coral reefs in Chagos
11:30 Prof Chris Perry - Carbonate production and reef accretion potential around Chagos
12:00 Pete Carr - Bringing back the birds
12:20 Chip Cunliffe - Catlin Seawiew
14.00 Dr John Turner - Video transects: changes in reef condition
14:30 Courtney Couch, Ronan Roche - Assessing the role of coral predation and disease as reef stressors within the Chagos Archipelago
15.00 David Curnick, Dr Heather Koldewey - Pelagic fish populations
15.30 Afternoon tea
16.30-17:45 Illustrated abstracts
Prof Charles Sheppard, Recent bleaching, temperatures and coral cover
Catherine Head, Cryptic fauna in Chagos
Manta Trust, Manta results from Chagos
Nicole Esteban, Sea turtles in Chagos: incubation conditions and status update
Prof Sam Purkis, Diego Garcia erosion and accretion
Prof Bernhard Riegl, Coral population and community dynamics in Chagos: how healthy and protected reefs respond differently to recurrent stresses
Pippa Gravestock, Economics of Chagos
Prof Daniel Pauly, Dr Dirk Zeller, Fisheries reconstructions in BIOT
Nigel Wenban Smith, History of Chagos - book progress
Amdeep Sanghera, Rudy Pothin, Connect Chagos outreach programme
18.00 Drinks reception
The conference is hosted by the Chagos Conservation Trust with the support of the Zoological Society of London.