e University, will chair two related symposia addressing advances in science and policy for the management of marine reserves. The Scientific Theory of Marine Reserves (9am to 12pm) will highlight recent work from the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) to assess how factors such as larval dispersal, genetics in marine systems, catastrophes, and evidence for open vs. closed populations, affect the establishment, design and effectiveness of marine reserves. Melding the Science and Policy of Marine Reserves (2.45pm to 4.15 pm) will place the scientific findings into a political and social framework and take stock of the current status of, and plans for a variety of marine reserves. In 2001 and 2002, initiatives around the world are taking advantage of the IBOY to stimulate and strengthen coalitions that can effectively monitor and conserve marine biodiversity. For example, BIOMARE a Europe-wide program is networking research sites and protected areas to build capacity for large-scale and long-term marine biodiversity research, monitoring and conservation.
Increasing communication of such important scientific information on biodiversity and how and why science is being applied to conserve it, is a key element of the IBOY. Exploring biodiversity will unlock many benefits, through discovery of new genes and chemicals that can be used for drugs, to improve crops or to restore polluted land," said Diana Wall, biologist at Colorado State University, USA, and Chair of the IBOY, "Perhaps even more importantly, learning where new species are, their role in maintaining healthy ecosystems and how we can conserve them will be vital for making more informed decisions about our land, rivers and oceans."
At the heart of IBOY are more than 40 international scientific research projects that will report important new information on global biodiversity. Using the latest technologies, such as genetic tools to conserve endangered species and GeoPage: 1 2 3 4 Related biology news :1
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International Biodiversity Observation Year
. Spanish scientists develop powerful tool for exploration and integration of biological information2
. Many scientists believe the dog genome holds information that will benefit human health3
. Research on inherited eye disorders uncovers new information about blood-vessel formation4
. Statistical technique helps researchers gain more information from a single data run5
. CIESIN receives grant to establish government biological information site6
. Workshop takes systems view of information processing in organisms7
. Landmark study offers new information about breast cancer genes8
. Saliva spits out information on chemical exposure9
. Carnegie Mellon receives $2.5M to develop bio-molecular imaging and information discovery systems10
. Data privacy, emergency response, weather prediction to benefit from information technology advances11
. UC San Diego researchers receive $14 million from NSF for 10 new information technology projects