October 1993 LMER All Scientists Meeting -- Comparative Studies

Network News Spring 1994, Vol. 15 No. 1
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Sixty-one scientists attended the Land-Margin Ecosystem Research (LMER) Program All Scientists Meeting October 16 to 18, 1993 in Seaside, OR. The theme of the meeting, hosted by the Columbia River LMER group, was comparative studies among LMER sires. The meeting was initiated by a field trip on the Columbia River estuary during which acoustic doppler current profiler (ADCP) and conductivity-temperature depth (CTD) measurements of estuarine turbidity maxima were demonstrated.

Plenary speakers introduced four working group topics:

  • Jody Deming, University of Washington, Particle/Microbe Interactions
  • Brent McKee, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, The Use of Stable and Radioactive Trace Elements to Evaluate Residence Times and Pathways of Particulate Materials in Land-Margin Ecosystems
  • Don Schell, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Alaska, Testing Conceptual Food Web Models Using Stable Isotopes
  • Reg Uncles, Plymouth (U.K.) Marine Laboratory, Estimation of Fluxes Through Estuarine Cross-Sections

Mike Pace, Institute of Ecosystems Studies, Millbrook, New York, presented the plenary and moderated a subsequent panel discussion on “How Important are Top-Down and Bottom-Up Regulations in Estuaries?”

Other invited speakers included Michael Crosby, NOAA, who discussed coordination and collaboration among LMER sites and the Office of Coastal Resource Management research sites, and Jeff Richey, University of Washington, who spoke on IGBP-Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone.

A report is available from Debbie Scanlon at the LMER Coordination Office, The Ecosystem Center, MBL, Woods Hole, MA 02543, 508-548-3705, x 496 or 470, dScanlon@LTERnet.edu.