Organizers: Andrew J. Brooks1; Gilles Siu2,3; Jeffrey Shima4; Adrian Stier5 & Alistair Cheal6

Affiliations: 1/ University of California, Santa Barbara (USA); 2/ CRIOBE – USR 3278 CNRS EPHE UPVD, PSL, Labex Corail, Moorea, French Polynesia; 3/ Institute for Pacific Coral Reefs, Moorea, French Polynesia; 4/ Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand); 5/ University of California, Santa Barbara (USA): 6/ Australian Institute of Marine Science (Australia)


Lead contact: Andrew J. Brooks

Description: Assessments of the status and trends of populations depends heavily on the use of ecological data collected at multiple instances in time. The existence of these data is critical to our ability to document long-term changes in population sizes, shifts in community composition and recovery trajectories following disturbance. More recently, theoretical advances in time series analysis and ecological modelling have led to the use of monitoring or other types of repeatedly collected data to explore the degree of coherency in the responses of fish population to a variety of environmental drivers across a range of spatial scales, the impact of socio-economic drivers on reef fish biomass and the role of various functional groups in maintaining reef resiliency. This session will provide a forum for the presentation of results based on traditional as well as emerging uses of ecological time series or monitoring data and we encourage participation by those exploring new developments in survey design, the potential use of novel indicators of fish health, approaches based on functional roles within communities as well as emerging technologies related to the remote monitoring of fishes. A second major goal of this session is to provide a forum for the dissemination of new analytical methods that may not be well known to resource managers, empirical ecologists or others involved in the analysis of time series data. We are actively seeking participants from all fields engaged in the development of new statistical and modeling techniques that could be used in the analysis and synthesis of ecological time series datasets.

Expected Audience: We expect 20-25 presenters drawn largely from the fields of theoretical, population and community ecology as well as resource managers and representatives of governmental agencies, NGOs and other organizations responsible for assessing the status and trends of Indo-Pacific fish communities. We would like to attract participants working across a wide range of marine and freshwater systems, e.g. lakes and streams, coral and temperate reefs, meso-pelagic, soft-bottom and estuarine/coastal habitats, as well as theoretical ecologists, statisticians, and others working to develop and apply new theoretical and/or analytical approaches to working with ecological time series or monitoring data. We anticipate that papers presented in this session will be of general interest to all meeting attendees and especially to those planning on attending sessions related to the general ecology of fishes, fisheries management, the impacts of climate change on Indo-Pacific fishes and fish conservation.