Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Conference 2017
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    Lecture Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

  • Wembury, Plymouth

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Porcupine’s annual conference and AGM takes place over the weekend of Saturday/Sunday with a two-day conference of talks and posters at Plymouth University, followed by a field meeting nearby at Wembury on Monday [low tide 0.7m @ 12:30].

The central theme for talks and posters is Marine Species Biology.

The conference is for anyone interested in the science and natural history of marine life. Biological observations are invited - please bring along your interesting/unexplained/new observations of species biology and ecology. 

Confirmed conference speakers

  • Paul Naylor – The lives and times of tompot blennies, and other intriguing tales
  • Matt Doggett – The black bream project: studying breeding behaviour using remote cameras
  • Cathy Lucas – Are jellyfish blooms born of the elusive polyp?
  • Dave Conway – Parasites in the plankton: life cycles and adaptations
  • Bernard Picton – New species of nudibranchs and their food
  • Anne Bunker – Cladophora species and their biology
  • Gordon Watson – Lugworm reproductive biology
  • Nick Higgs – Whale fall experiments and bone worms
  • Emma Sheehan – Lyme Bay scallops: impacts of dredging ban and storms
  • Francis Bunker – New species of maerl
  • Martin Openshaw – Undulate ray project update
  • Mark Ward – Educational advances using ICT
  • Porcupine field meeting to the Hebridean islands in the Staffa Archipelago
  • Peter Barfield – Marine species biology: your recent observations
  • Mike Kent –  Where's Onchi? A look at the occurrence of Onchidella celtica and its role as a climate change indicator species 
  • Andy Mackie – Hermit worms: Neanthes fucata
  • Doug Herdson – Anchovies and Bonitos in the English Channel
  • Becky Hitchin – Arctica islandica: assessing potential impacts to this slow growing bivalve
  • Charlotte Bolton and Paul Kay – Seasearch discoveries 2016
  • Emily Priestley - Porcupine field meeting to the Staffa archipelago in 2016
  • Nick Owen – photographing Maxmuelleria lankesteri

This conference is sponsored by the Plymouth University Marine Institute and the Marine Biological Association of the UK.

All are welcome to attend but ticket booking is required via the above link. The field trip will be taking place at Wembury and will incur a charge of £5 (payable at the conference). Places on the field trip are limited and need to be booked in advance via Eventbrite.

About the Porcupine Marine Natural History Society

The PMNHS is an informal society interested in marine natural history and recording, particularly in the North East Atlantic region and the Mediterranean Sea. The name “Porcupine” is taken from the naval survey vessel HMS Porcupine which was engaged on scientific expeditions in the North East Atlantic and Mediterranean in 1869 and 1870. 

PMNHS aims to: promote a wider understanding of the biology, ecology and distribution of marine organisms; stimulate interest in marine biodiversity, especially in young people, and encourage interaction and exchange of information between those with interests in different aspects of marine biology, amateur and professional alike. 

Find out more about the Porcupine Marine Natural History Society.

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