37th AMLC Meeting Collection - a PeerJ Collection

A school of creaole wrasses (Clepticus parrae) passes researchers working on the healthy reefs of Oostpunt in Curacao. Photo: Mark Vermeij

The Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean (AMLC) was founded in 1956 by marine researchers with interests in the marine science of the tropical Atlantic and the Caribbean. The AMLC is currently a confederation of approximately 30 marine research, education, and resource management institutions endeavoring to encourage the production and exchange of research and resource management information, advance the cause of marine and environmental education in the region, and facilitate cooperation and mutual assistance among its membership. AMLC meetings are hosted by member laboratories actively conducting marine research in the Caribbean. Scientific Meetings are held every other year, for which peer-reviewed Proceedings are published in a respected peer-reviewed journal.

The 37th scientific meeting was held in May 2015 on Curacao and hosted by the Carmabi Research Station who also celebrated its 60th birthday during the AMLC meeting. This five day meeting focused on the ecological complexity of the Caribbean that provides countless opportunities for students of community ecology, as well as a similar number of challenges for managers of these ecosystems. Participants of the AMLC meeting were encouraged to share new findings on the fundamental workings of intact or degraded coral reef ecosystems, and adjacent ecosystems such seagrass beds, mesophotic communities, and mangrove areas. One particularly important aspect that was addressed during this meeting is the changed dynamics that shape present day reefs. Better understanding of these dynamics, which are fundamentally different from processes shaping reef communities in the past, will help inform the science and present day management of tropical marine ecosystems.

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