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Polar Marine Science (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Advancing the Physical-Biological Understanding of Polar Marine Ecosystems Through Innovative Technology


March 25-26, 2017


Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA Site Information


Ingrid Wiedmann & Nicole Couto

Application Deadline

Applications are no longer being accepted for this meeting. If you have been instructed to apply by the Conference Chair, please contact Vanessa LaPorte for further instructions.

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Polar Marine Science is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present. It stimulates the exchange of new data and cutting edge ideas among young fellows.

In 2017, the major focus will be on innovative marine technology including autonomous and remotely operated instruments, camera systems, advanced laboratory techniques, and numerical modeling. The early career scientists will present data and discuss how these technological advances improve the physical-biological understanding of polar marine ecosystems.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by December 25, 2016. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Polar Marine Science" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Advancing the Physical-Biological Understanding of Polar Marine Ecosystems Through Innovative Technology - Opportunities and Challenges
Discussion Leaders: Maxime Geoffroy (UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, Norway) and Natalie Freeman (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmFinlo Cottier (Scottish Association for Marine Science, United Kingdom)
"The Opportunities and Challenges of Interdisciplinary Polar Science"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmNot Living, but Highly Energetic: The Dynamics of Heat Mixing, Sea Ice, Inorganic Gasses, and Bioactive Trace Metals Assessed by Cutting-Edge Technology
Discussion Leaders: Zhixuan Feng (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA) and Lorenz Meire (Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Greenland)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmEshwan Ramudu (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
"Large Eddy Simulation of Heat Transfer from the Ocean Mixed Layer to Sea Ice in the Arctic"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmMax Thomas (University of East Anglia, United Kingdom)
"Two Modes of Pressure Buildup and Release in Young Sea Ice"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmChristian Katlein (Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)
"Advancing Interdisciplinary Sea Ice Research with a New Under-Ice Remotely Operated Vehicle and Autonomous Observatories"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmPrecious Mongwe (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), University of Cape Town, South Africa)
"The Seasonal Cycle of CO2 in the Southern Ocean: Diagnosing Anomalies in CMIP5 Earth Systems Models"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmMarie Kotovitch (University of Liege, Belgium)
"N2O Dynamics in Sea Ice, Insights from a First Time Series and Isotopic Tools"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmAmber Annett (Rutgers University, USA)
"Bioactive Trace Metal Distribution and Cycling Along the Rapidly Warming Western Antarctic Peninsula Shelf"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amWhere Are They and What Do They Do? Tracing and Investigating Dynamics of Polar Organisms by Innovative Techniques
Discussion Leaders: Amber Annett (Rutgers University, USA) and Christian Katlein (Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)
9:00 am - 9:15 amHanna Kauko (Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway)
"Biological Information Retrieval from Ice Transmitted Irradiance"
9:15 am - 9:20 amDiscussion
9:20 am - 9:35 amHisatomo Waga (Hokkaido University, Japan)
"Impact of Spatiotemporal Variability in Phytoplankton Size Structure on Benthic Infaunal Distribution in the Pacific Arctic"
9:35 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 9:55 amAndres Rigual Hernandez (Universidad de Salamanca, Spain)
"Southern Ocean Sediment Traps: Novel Applications for Understanding Ecosystem Functioning and the Biological Pump"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amLauren Manck (University of California, San Diego, USA)
"Microbial Dynamics in a Fjord Ecosystem Along the West Antarctic Peninsula"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:35 amMaxime Geoffroy (UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, Norway)
"AUV-Based Acoustic Observations of the Distribution and Patchiness of Zooplankton During Midnight Sun"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amLaura Hobbs (University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom)
"Seasonal Variation in the Strategies of Arctic Zooplankton"
10:55 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Shaping the Future of Polar Marine Research
Discussion Leaders: Laura Hobbs (University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom) and Hanna Kauko (Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Shaping the Future of Polar Marine Research: The Next Big Problems and the Tools to Solve Them"
  • Finlo Cottier (Scottish Association for Marine Science, United Kingdom)
  • Jacqueline Grebmeier (Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, USA)
  • Jean-Eric Tremblay (Laval University, Canada)
  • Paul Wassmann (UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, Norway)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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