Program & Agenda

Keynotes and Plenaries

Opening Session: Welcome, Presidential Address, and Opening Speaker

Date: Sunday, 26 February 2017   Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Kalakaua Ballroom

Welcome Presentation and ‘oli by Kū’ula Students

Kū’ula students will welcome participants to the ASLO 2017 Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Honolulu. The Kū’ula students integrate western and Native Hawaiian scientific knowledge and research methodologies to understand the environment of Hawai’i. Their research has enabled them to establish personal and meaningful connections to the places they study, which have included Midway Atoll and Ha’ena, Kaua’i. Most Kū’ula graduates have gone on to graduate schools or to jobs in natural resource management and education. 

ASLO President Linda E. Duguay, Director, University of Southern California Sea Grant Program, Director of Research, USC Wrigley Institute, Los Angeles, California, USA 

ASLO Presidential Address: Aquatic Science Matters

Presentation Description: These are unusual times for the global science community. Many of us are unsure if our voices and the important work that we all do will be heard and respected. In this talk I hope to make the case why our aquatic science matters and how we can better communicate that to the general public, policy makers, and our elected officials. This presentation was stimulated by our public policy committees – message of January 20th on “in politics, facts don’t always matter.”

Biographical Information: Linda Duguay is the Director of the University of Southern California’s Sea Grant Program, Director of Research for USC’s Wrigley Institute of Environmental Studies and a Research Associate Professor of Biological Sciences in the Marine and Environmental Biology Section. She holds and AB degree in Biology from the University of Rhode Island and an MS and PhD from the University of Miami in Biological Oceanography. She previously held faculty positions at Stony Brook University, Southampton College, and University of Maryland and served as an NSF Program Manager in Biological Oceanography and Polar Programs. Duguay has been active with the ASLO outreach and education committee for the last 10 years and now serves as ASLO’s President (the 5th female to do so).

Kalani Quiocho, Native Hawaiian Program Specialist, NOAA Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Opening Plenary Presentation: E iho ana o luna, e piʻi ana o lalo: That which is above will be brought down, that which is below shall be lifted

Presentation Description: From mountains to the sea and from the sea to mountains, we experience and interact with water in different ways, yet we all share the most basic needs for our relationship with water and the environment. For Hawaiians, the existence of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of rain and wind names is evidence that our kūpuna, our ancestors, understood the value of these forces and developed intimate relationships with their universe. Traditional Hawaiian land- and ocean- tenure systems are examples of this applied understanding as well as the constructs of language and the numerous oral traditions that contain cultural principles. In these changing times, we have much to gain from reviewing the foundational understandings and relationships that indigenous peoples have with all parts of the earth, as part of our collective pursuit for adaptive management frameworks, an essential step in developing a healthy relationship with our Island Earth. As the Hawaiian proverb says, “I ka wā ma mua, i ka wā ma hope; The future lies within the past.”

Biographical Information: Kalani Quiocho belongs to Hilo, Hawai‘i, and was raised in part by his great-grandparents who were traditional medicinal healers. He pursued an academic career in Hawaiian Studies and Marine Science from the University of Hawaiʻi.He has worked forseveral educationinstitutions and organizations that serve Hawaiian children, and has also worked with other indigenous peoples and communities of the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. Examples include his diplomatic work alongside social-religious activists in India in 2010, and the government of Japan following the Ehime Maru tragedy in 2001. As a longline fishery observer with the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, he has accumulated more than 300 sea days aboard commercial fishing vessels. This at-sea experiencecompelled him to focus knowledge gained from his social justice work to elevate the profile of traditional knowledge systems in parity with conventional science, conservation and management. Quiocho is currently the Native Hawaiian Program Specialist for the NOAA Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Part of his responsibilities, or kuleana, is to ensure that traditional Hawaiian principles and concepts are effectively integrated into the overall management and stewardship of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands; a place that is both naturally and culturally significant.

Plenary Session - Speaker: Marcia McNutt

Date: Monday, 27 February 2017   Time: 09:00 - 09:50
Location: Kalakaua Ballroom

Marcia McNutt, President, National Academy of Sciences, USA

Presentation Title: Welcome in the Field, Welcome in Our Field: Attracting the Best and Brightest

Presentation Description: Oceanographers are all constantly in competition for the best talent. Both the success of individuals and of the field as a whole depends on the overall strength of the talent pipeline.  Therefore, we must create both the perception and the reality of a discipline that is welcoming to everyone, regardless of gender, race, or any other distinguishing feature that does not impact merit. Oceanography as a discipline faces challenges in this regard included the isolated nature of many marine labs and the long duration of shipboard expeditions that must be addressed. Fortunately, these issues are not unique to oceanographers, and thus some strategies that have proven effective from other disciplines can be applied.

Biographical Information: Marcia McNutt received her B.A. in physics at Colorado College, and she obtained her Ph.D. in earth sciences from Scripps Institution of Oceanography). She is a geophysicist and the 22nd president of the National Academy of Sciences. From 2013 to 2016, she was editor-in-chief of Science journals. McNutt was director of the U.S. Geological Survey from 2009 to 2013, during which time USGS responded to a number of major disasters, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. For her work to help contain that spill, McNutt was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard’s Meritorious Service Medal. She is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Geological Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Association of Geodesy. Her honors include membership in the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1998, McNutt was awarded the AGU’s Macelwane Medal for research accomplishments by a young scientist, and she received the Maurice Ewing Medal in 2007 for her contributions to deep-sea exploration.

Lindeman Award Talk Session

Date: Monday, 27 February 2017   Time: 17:40 - 18:30
Location: Kalakaua Ballroom

Monday's Award Talk Session will feature an award acceptance presentation by the 2017 Raymond L. Lindeman Award recipient. The Raymond L. Lindeman Award honoring a young author for an outstanding peer-reviewed, English-language paper in the aquatic sciences is being presented to Shawn Devlin (University of Montana, Flathead Lake Biological Station). Devlin and colleagues’ Nature Communications paper entitled, “Top consumer abundance influences lake methane efflux” documents a novel whole-ecosystem experiment showing that food web structure can control methane efflux from lakes.

Plenary Session - Speaker: Lionel Guidi

Date: Tuesday, 28 February 2017   Time: 09:00 - 09:50
Location: Kalakaua Ballroom

Lionel Guidi, Affiliated Researcher, CNRS, Sorbonne Universités, UPMC, Université Paris 06, Laboratoire d’oceanographie de Villefranche, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France, and Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Presentation Title: Tara Oceans: The Biological Carbon Pump from Genes to Ecosystems

Presentation Description: The Tara Oceans expedition (2009-2013) is the largest DNA sequencing effort ever done for the ocean revealing around 40 million genes, the vast majority of which are new to science, thus hinting towards a much broader biodiversity of plankton (from viruses to eukaryotes) than previously suggested. Thanks to novel computer models, these data also allowed to predict how these diverse planktonic organisms interact. These resources provided a unique opportunity to look at the biological carbon pump integrating its entire biological complexity, describing the first “planktonic social network” associated with carbon export in the oligoptrophic ocean.

Biographical Information: Lionel Guidi has been a CNRS researcher since 2013 in Villefranche-sur-Mer, one of the three marine stations of the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 06) in France. He graduated in 2008 from the Sorbonne Universités, UPMC, Université Paris 06, and Texas A&M University in Texas, USA. Shortly after graduation, he started four years of postdoctoral research at the C-MORE (Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education) at the University of Hawaii. Guidi’s main research interests are driven by the need to better understand the global carbon cycle, and, in particular, the biological carbon pump, from gene to the ecosystem level. In order to achieve that goal, he had early motivation to bring “standard methods” together with new instruments and analytical tools to study the biology and biogeochemistry of the ocean.


Margalef and Martin Award Talks Session

Date: Tuesday, 28 February 2017   Time: 17:40 - 18:30
Location: Kalakaua Ballroom

Tuesday's Award Talk Session will feature an award acceptance presentation by the 2017 Ramón Margalef Award recipient. The Ramón Margalef Award for Excellence in Education honoring excellence in teaching and mentoring in the fields of limnology and oceanography is awarded to Caroline Solomon (Gallaudet University). Solomon is recognized for her extraordinary accomplishments in bringing the deaf and hearing worlds in science together, coupled with her exceptional skill as a mentor, educator, and leader to inspire us all.

The 2017 John Martin Award recipients also will be recognized. The John H. Martin Award recognizes a paper in aquatic sciences that is judged to have had a high impact on subsequent research in the field. The 2017 Martin Award is for “Algal nutrient limitation and the nutrition of aquatic herbivores” by Robert Sterner and Dag Hessen. Sterner and Hessen (1994) created a major paradigm shift in our understanding of producer-consumer interactions and the biogeochemistry of C, N, and P, and is one of the founding contributions to the field of "Ecological Stoichiometry”.

Plenary Session - Speaker: Dave Karl

Date: Wednesday, 1 March 2017   Time: 09:00 - 09:50
Location: Kalakaua Ballroom

David M. Karl, Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education, University of Hawai‘i, Honolulu, HI

Presentation Title: Station Aloha: A Gathering Place for Discovery, Education and Scientific Collaboration

Presentation Description: The North Pacific Subtropical Gyre (NPSG) is one of the largest biomes on Earth. Despite the global significance of the NPSG for energy and matter transformations and its key role in the ocean’s carbon cycle, it is undersampled and not well characterized with respect to ecosystem structure and dynamics. Since October 1988, interdisciplinary teams of scientists from the University of Hawaii and around the world have conducted research at Station ALOHA (22.75 N, 158 W), a site chosen to be representative of this expansive oligotrophic habitat. Three major field programs, the Hawai‘i Ocean Time-series (HOT; 1988-present), the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE; 2006-2016) and the Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology (SCOPE; 2014-present), have contributed to the creation and dissemination of knowledge with a focus on microbial processes and biogeochemistry. In Nov 2015, the American Society for Microbiology designated Station ALOHA a “Milestones in Microbiology” site in recognition of historic and visionary accomplishments. After nearly three decades of intensive study, we now have a new view of an old ocean, with revised paradigms built on the strength of high-quality time-series data, insights from the application of –omics techniques and observations from autonomous gliders. The pace of new discovery, and the importance of integrating this new understanding into predictive models is an enormous contemporary challenge with great scientific and societal relevance.

Biographical Information: David Karl is the Victor and Peggy Brandstrom Pavel Professor of Oceanography and Director of the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In spring of 1973, he participated in his first oceanographic research expedition, and since that time has spent more than 1000 days at sea conducting research, including 23 expeditions to Antarctica. In 1988, he co-founded (with Roger Lukas) the Hawaii Ocean Time-series program that has conducted sustained physical, biogeochemical and microbial measurements and experiments at Station ALOHA on approximately monthly intervals for the past 28 years. In 2014, he co-founded (with Ed DeLong) the Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology (SCOPE), a field-based research program that investigates the role of marine microbes – from genomes-to-biomes. Through HOT, C-MORE and SCOPE, Karl participates in the vital training mission to prepare the next generation of microbial oceanographers, and is active in a number of community-based outreach and educational activities. He is pleased to welcome all ASLO participants to Honolulu, and to Station ALOHA.

Moved to Friday - Hutchinson Award Talk Session

Date: Wednesday, 1 March 2017   Time: 17:40 - 18:30
Location: Kalakaua Ballroom

Wednesday's Award Talk Session has been moved to Friday's Award Talk Session from 7:40 - 18:30 in the Kalakaua Ballroom. There will be no award session on Wednesday.

Plenary Session - Speaker: Margaret Palmer

Date: Thursday, 2 March 2017   Time: 09:00 - 09:50
Location: Kalakaua Ballroom

Margaret Palmer, Professor of Entomology, University of Maryland, Professor, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and Director, National Socio-environmental Synthesis Center, USA.

Presentation Title: Court rooms, Comedy, Diplomacy, and Conference Rooms:  Venues for Actionable Science and Effective Communication

Presentation Description: What does a federal courtroom, the Colbert Show, North Korea, and a scientific conference have in common?  All are venues for communicating science that I will use to discuss when and why those who make decisions or take actions actually consider science.  Knowledge that has the potential to inform decisions, or actionable science, is one of many forms of scientific discovery.  When and why those who make decisions or take actions actually rely on the knowledge involves a number of distinct factors.  One of those is the nature of the relationship between the scholar and those outside the scholarly community who have an interest in the research. Communication is also a key factor but the timing and mode of communication is critical.  Even when both relationship building and communication are strong, other factors that many consider as, or more important, than science are often the most influential.  Knowing about those other factors in advance can increase the chance science will remain relevant to decisions.  Using several vignettes from my own work on river restoration, hydrologic intermittency, and coal mining impacts I will touch on different forms of actionable science, its relationship to communication, and to those who take actions.

Biographical Information: Margaret Palmer is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland ( and director of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center ( She is a graduate from Emory University (B.S., 1977) and the University of South Carolina (Ph.D., 1983). Palmer has tested and extended fundamental theory in marine and stream ecosystems on the interactions between organisms, boundary layer flows, and geomorphic processes. She is an international expert on river restoration and is well known for work at the interface of water science and policy, having served as a technical advisor, and an innovator that helps build solution-focused teams to solve problems that have social, legal, policy, and scientific aspects. Palmer has published extensively, received many awards, and been an invited speaker in numerous and diverse settings including regional and international forums, science-diplomacy venues (e.g., in North Korea), and popular outlets such as the Steven Colbert show.

Patrick and Yentsch-Schindler Award Talks Session

Date: Thursday, 2 March 2017   Time: 17:40 - 18:30
Location: Kalakaua Ballroom

Thursday's Award Talk Session will feature an award acceptance presentation by the 2017 Ruth Patrick Award recipient. The Ruth Patrick Award honors scientists who have applied the aquatic sciences towards solving critical environmental problems. Walter Boynton (University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory) is the 2017 recipient of the Ruth Patrick Award for his research to solve environmental problems and shape policy with long-lasting impacts on estuarine ecosystems.

The 2017 Yentsch-Schindler Award recipient also will be recognized. The Yentsch-Schindler Early Career Award honors an early-career scientist for outstanding and balanced contributions to research, science training, and broader societal issues such as resource management, conservation, policy, and public education. The 2017 recipient is Meghan Duffy (University of Michigan), for her transformative research involving parasitism as a food-web process and her influential mentoring of undergraduate students.

The Challenging Nutrients Coalition will be announcing the winners of the Nutrient Sensor Challenge ( during this session as well.

Nutrient Sensor Challenge Winner Announcement

Date: Thursday, 2 March 2017   Time: 17:40 - 18:30
Location: Kalakaua Ballroom

Nutrient Sensor Challenge Winners Announced During Award Talk Session. The Challenging Nutrients Coalition will be announcing the winners of the Nutrient Sensor Challenge ( at the ASLO 2017 Aquatic Sciences meeting. The Nutrient Sensor Challenge was a market stimulus initiative launched in 2014 to incentivize development and adoption of affordable, accurate, and reliable sensors for nitrate and phosphate in water. After two years of research and development and Alliance for Coastal Technologies (ACT) lab and field testing, awards for best performance will be made to sensors developers.

Plenary Session - Speaker: Ruth Gates

Date: Friday, 3 March 2017   Time: 09:00 - 09:50
Location: Kalakaua Ballroom

Ruth Gates, Director and Researcher, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA

Presentation Title: Harnessing Basic Science to Advance Solutions for Coral Reefs

Presentation Description: Coral reefs in Hawaii and across the globe continue to decline in health due to intensifying climate change, resource extraction and pollution. Although the future looks bleak, certain corals and reefs are not only surviving, but also thriving in conditions that kill others.  Dr. Gates will unveil the complex biology that underpins this natural variation in the response of corals to stress.  She will then discuss how this knowledge can be harnessed to develop tools that build resilience on reefs, arresting and improving the prognosis for coral reefs.

Biographical Information: Dr. Ruth D. Gates is the director of and a researcher at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), University of Hawaii at Manoa. She attained her PhD from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England and completed her postdoctoral training at the University of California at Los Angeles. In 2003 she moved to Hawaii where she has built a dynamic and globally recognized research program that focuses on coral health. Leveraging advances in this basic research area, Ruth and her colleague Madeleine van Oppen won the 2012 Paul G. Allen Ocean Challenge with their idea to assist the evolution of corals and develop capacity to stabilize reefs in the face of climate change. She has published well over 100 scholarly articles and has been recognized with many awards, including the University of Hawaii Board of Regents Medal for Excellence in Research in 2014 and Honolulu Magazine’s Islander of the Year for Science in 2016. Ruth is the elected president of the International Society for Reef Studies and a passionate advocate for coral reefs.


Redfield and Hutchinson Awards Talk Session

Date: Friday, 3 March 2017   Time: 17:40 - 18:30
Location: Kalakaua Ballroom

Friday's Award Talk Session will feature an award acceptance presentation by the 2017 A.C. Redfield Award recipient. The Alfred C. Redfield Lifetime Achievement Award award honors major, long-term achievements in the fields of limnology and oceanography, including research, education, and service to the community and society. Bo Barker Jørgensen (University of Aarhus Center for Geomicrobiology) is the 2017 recipient of the A.C Redfield Award for fundamental contributions to unraveling the ecology and biogeochemical interactions of microbes in environments ranging from surface sediments to the deep biosphere.

Friday's Award Talk Session will aslo feature an award acceptance presentation by the 2017 G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award recipient. The G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award honors a scientist who has made considerable contributions to knowledge in limnology and oceanography, and whose future work promises a continuing legacy of scientific excellence. Philip Boyd (University of Tasmania, Australia) is the 2017 award winner for his pioneering work on the complex interactions of biogeochemistry, climate change multiple drivers, and their impacts on ocean planktonic ecosystems.