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Webinar: NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research, and Technology: Linking Exploration to Conservation

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Thursday, 06 October 2022, 3:00

Thursday, October 6, 2022. 3:00 PM. Webinar: NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research, and Technology: Linking Exploration to Conservation. Joshua Voss,
CIOERT. Sponsored by NOAA Ocean Exploration. More information here. Register here.

Abstract: This seminar will combine stories, science, stunning visuals to highlight the major accomplishments of NOAA's Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research, and Technology (CIOERT). Led by Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in partnership with the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration (and Research), University of North Carolina Wilmington, University of Miami, and SRI International, CIOERT's vision has been to transform the way we explore our oceans through novel approaches and technology. We have served NOAA strategic priorities in three theme areas: exploration of continental shelf edge frontiers, research on vulnerable coral and sponge ecosystems, and development of advanced underwater technologies. Since 2010 CIOERT has conducted more than 40 research cruises focused on deep and mesophytic coral reef exploration and characterization, resulting in the discovery of new species, expanded and revised habitat maps, newly identified coral reef resources, and improved understanding of ecological connectivity among coral reef ecosystems. These studies have provided critical data and recommendations to enhance marine ecosystem management, including the establishment of 2 new MPAs and expansion of 5 existing MPAs. CIOERT has successfully developed new technologies for ocean research and exploration including custom ROV sampling equipment, noninvasive technology to measure coral metabolism, an integrated state-of-the-art mesopelagic system, and the first ever invertebrate cultured cell line. CIOERT researchers have discovered novel marine compounds with demonstrated activity against MRSA, tuberculosis, and triple negative breast cancer. More than 125 graduate and undergraduate students have participated in CIOERT research and training programs. Finally, CIOERT researchers have contributed to 23 telepresence-enabled exploration missions engaging thousands of shoreside scientists, graduate and undergraduate students, high school classes, and members of the interested public.

Bio(s): Dr. Joshua Voss is an Associate Research Professor at Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Chair of the Harbor Branch Faculty Assembly, and Executive Director of NOAA's Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research, and Technology. His primary areas of interest include shallow and mesophotic coral reef ecology, coral health and disease, molecular ecology, and marine conservation and management. Through Harbor Branch's Robertson Coral Reef Program and CIOERT he works to discover, characterize, and protect coral reefs ecosystems. Voss is a certified technical rebreather diver and scuba instructor who has completed over 1500 scientific dives and led more than 40 scientific expeditions primarily in the wider Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Voss teaches undergraduate courses in the Harbor Branch Semester by the Sea Program and the Florida Institute of Oceanography's marine field studies program, graduate courses in FAU's Department of Biology, and molecular workshops for high school students. Voss has served on various committees including the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council Coral Advisory Panel, Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative Team and as co-lead of their Technical Advisory Committee, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Technical Advisory Committee, the South Florida Marine Research Hub, and FAU's Diving and Boating Safety Committee. After growing up in central Florida, Voss attended Elon University in North Carolina and completed a B.S. in Biology along with minors in Philosophy and Chemistry. He earned his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at Florida International University in Miami, and was a member of the Marine Science faculty at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg before joining FAU Harbor Branch.

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