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CCT conference 2015



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! 

Conference Programme 

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

12:30 Lunch 

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.