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The University of The Bahamas

Second Joint Symposium on the Natural History and Geology of the Bahamas

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Since 1982, the Gerace Research Centre has hosted numerous conferences and symposiums. Such conferences provide a venue for the sharing of new knowledge pertaining to ongoing research both on San Salvador and throughout the rest of the Bahamas region. Conferences in Archaeology, Biology, Botany, Geology, and Natural History have all been held at the GRC and have attracted both researchers and professors working in the Bahamas and throughout the world.

For the summer of 2017, we will be once again be holding a joint conference for both Geology and Natural History as there was no conference last year and there are many great research projects in both arenas being conducted at the GRC. The conference is open to all subject matter in biology and geology from tropical environments. But this year we will be hosting focused topical sessions on hurricanes and their impacts. Please consider submitting and sharing your research with your colleagues!

Keynote Speaker: Kam-biu Liu, Louisiana State University
Keynote Title: Paleotempestology of the Caribbean and Gulf Coast region: Emerging research questions and methods

Chairs: Tina Niemi, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Kathleen Sullivan Sealy, University of Miami.

Organizer: Troy Dexter, Gerace Research Centre

Dates and Places:
The conference will be held from June 8th to June 12th 2017 at the Gerace Research Centre. The opening ceremony begins the evening of June 8th and departure from San Salvador will be on the morning of June 12th. There will be a field trip of Nassau on the morning of June 8th with time to get to San Salvador for the opening ceremony.

Conference Dates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Registration Deadline . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Abstract Deadline. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Field Trip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Opening Ceremony. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Departure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
June 8 to June 12, 2017
March 15, 2017
April 15, 2017
June 8, 2017 (Morning, Nassau)
June 8, 2017 (Evening, San Salvador)
June 12, 2017 (Morning)

Costs:
Flights to and from San Salvador are not included in the estimated costs. Attendees are responsible for booking their flights to and from the island. The only flight covered is for those taking the field trip (providing charter from Nassau to San Sal on June 8th only...you will still need to make arrangements to depart San Salvador on Monday, June 12th).

Registration (including Proceedings Volume). . . . . . . . . . .
Room and Board at the GRC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Total (not including airfare). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Student Registration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Student Room and Board. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Total (not including airfare). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Nassau Field Trip. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
$130.00
$320.00 ($80.00/night)
$450.00

$114.00
$276.00 ($69.00/night)
$390.00

$380.00

Field Trip:

The field trip this year will take place in Nassau and will focus on touring areas affected by hurricanes and the effects of hurricanes. The trip will start at 7am on Thursday, June 8th, and ends with arrival on the island of San Salvador around 5pm in time for the opening ceremony of the conference. Please take your luggage with you as we will head directly to the airport after visiting the field sites. At each site, we will have a Young Marine Explorer intern to give an overview of the area and make introductions to our local hosts. People should bring comfortable shoes.

Itinerary:

Starting Point: ORANGE HILL INN, Nassau, The Bahamas, at 7:00 AM, June 8th.

Stop 1: WEST BAY STREET – look at rocky shore environmental along West Bay Street- especially loss of sand, threats to road and expensive interventions.

Stop 2: JAWS BEACH AND CLIFTON HERITAGE PART – two stops here to look at the beach and West Bay, then walk through the Clifton Heritage Park.

Stop 3: PRIMEVAL FOREST NATIONAL PARK – this national park hosts native vegetation and caverns/caves. See the effect on vegetation from the hurricane damage to the forest canopy.

Lunch

Stop 4: ADELAIDE VILLAGE – view mangroves and one of the oldest settlements on New Providence.

Stop 5: BONEFISH POND NATIONAL PARK – tour of the park and potential threats to it.

Departure: from NASSAU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT including transportation directly to the airport. Field Trip attendees will have a chartered flight to San Salvador to make it to the GRC for the Opening Ceremony of the Conference.

Registration:
Please use the following link to register for the conference:


Abstract Submission:
To submit an abstract, download and fill out the following form. This form can be saved at any time. Please email your saved, completed form to researchgrc@gmail.com or use the submit function.


See you in June!!!

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