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39th Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean Scientific Conference

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Monday , May 20, 2019 - Friday , May 24, 2019

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Location Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Rita Peachey
[email protected]

The 39th Scientific Conference of the Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean (AMLC) will be hosted by Grupo Puntacana Foundation. The main venue will be the Westin Puntacana Resort & Club.

This event will bring together students, established scientists, and others with an interest in marine science and policy for a five-day meeting, focusing on presentations, productive interactions, and field trips. The meeting is open to anyone and has seen a rapidly growing attendance over the last few years as the only Caribbean-focused meeting of its kind.

Meeting Theme

The meeting will encompass ALL aspects of marine science and resource management in the Wider Caribbean region. The theme of the meeting will therefore address the Environmental Variability in the Wider Caribbean and the Ecological, Social, and Economic Consequences.

Session Themes


  • Harmful algal blooms and sargassum invasions in the Caribbean
  • Physiological responses of marine species to climate change
  • Filter Feeders

Monitoring and analysis

  • Novel techniques in remote sensing and reef science
  • AGGRA session
  • Interoperability and sharing of trait data


  • Marine population connectivity in the Caribbean
  • Reef microbiomes
  • Importance of mangroves and seagrasses in ecosystem health
  • Climate change impacts to coastal ecosystems
  • Historical ecology

Reef science

  • Coral disease an d bleaching
  • Reef restoration and resilience
  • Multi-stressor impacts to coral reefs


  • Marine science and conservation efforts and socio-ecological systems in the Caribbean
  • Crowd sourcing for marine science, management and conservation
  • Ecological and socioeconomic consequences of changing physical environments
  • Science, politics, and education surrounding mismanagement of plastics
  • Marine Protected Areas: Science, administration, and enforcement
  • Commercial fisheries in the Caribbean