Proceedings of the Smithsonian Marine Science Symposium, 2007

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  • The Smithsonian Marine Science Symposium was held on15-16 November 2007 in Washington, D.C. It represented the first major dissemination of marine research results since the establishment of the Smithsonian Marine Science Network (MSN).The 39 papers in this volume represent a wide range of marine research studies that demonstrate the breadth and diversity of science initiatives supported by the MSN. The first section contains an overview of the MSN along with historical papers describing the multidisciplinary investigations spanning more than 37 years for the four Smithsonian marine facilities that constitute the Network: the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center at the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland; the National Museum of Natural History's Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, Florida; the Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program, with its Carrie Bow Marine Field Station in Belize; and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Subsequent papers represent findings by Smithsonian scholars and their collaborators on overarching topics of marine biodiversity,evolution, and speciation; biogeography, invasive species, and marine conservation; and forces of ecological change in marine systems.
  • Historical articles include: Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce: Thirty-Eight Years of Research on the Marine Biodiversity of Florida by Valerie J. Paul, Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, Julianne Piraino, Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, Laura Diederick, Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce; Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems: Thirty-Five Years of Smithsonian Marine Science in Belize, by Klaus Rützler, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution; The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute: Marine Research, Education, and Conservation in Panama, by D. Ross Robertson, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, John H. Christy, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Rachel Collin, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Richard G. Choke, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Luis D'Croz, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Karl W. Kaufmann, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Stanley Heckadon Moreno, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Juan L. Maté, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Aaron O'Dea, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Mark E. Torchin, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.


  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)
  • Smithsonian Marine Station
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
  • Carrie Bow Cay Field Station
  • Smithsonian Marine Science Network
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Invertebrate Zoology
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program


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Smithsonian Contributions to the Marine Sciences, Vol. 38


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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,




  • Marine Biology
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Oceans
  • Congresses and conventions
  • Field (Observing) Stations
  • Environmental sciences
  • Biogeography
  • Ecology
  • Biodiversity
  • Marine biologists
  • Marine biology--Research
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Biological diversity
  • Collaboration
  • Oceanography--Research



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Number of pages: 545; Page numbers: 1-529

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