2009 Adelaide

As Australia’s peak professional body for marine scientists from all disciplines and for over 60 years has promoted all aspects of marine science in Australia. AMSA operates with a membership network of individuals and corporate affiliates as a not-for-profit organisation.

AMSA2009 Adelaide

AMSA2009 – Adelaide, South Australia : 5-9 July 2009


AMSA2009 International Conference was held in Adelaide, South Australia from 5 – 9 July 2009 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, with the theme of Marine Connectivity. The conference was the 46th Annual Conference for the Australian Marine Sciences Association Inc.


Conference Downloads

Conference Handbook Introduction, Sponsors, Keynotes (3mb)

Section with timetable, abstracts, delegate lists, presentation times (2.6mb)

Conference Reports Organising Committee, and reports from WA Students

Summary Report from MISA Symposium on Australian Seafood Industry Response to a Carbon-Based Future

The marine environment is multi-dimensional and highly complex, with processes interlinked across the oceans’ spheres and constituents. Single-discipline approaches are increasingly coming to a limit in their power to explain processes and their implications. In recent years, more and more marine scientists have started to consider how organisms or chemicals are linked across habitats and scales. This conference provided a forum to discuss the state of the art for investigating marine connectivity, novel approaches and technical advances, and the meaning of connectivity in the oceans and coastal seas.


The conference addressed the “What”, “Where & How” and “Why” of marine connectivity. Molecules, sediments and nutrients are transported and transformed by processes operating over various scales within the oceans. Marine organisms are dispersing or migrating in various life stages across interfaces or into adjacent habitats. Connectivity has implications for biogeographic distributions, resilience and resource management and protection. Further sessions will be dedicated to novel methods to study connectivity, and on improved networking of the scientific community.