RCN Workshop

Back row (left to right): Jeff Shields, Bradley Keesee, Susan Ford, Eric Powell, Bhagat Lal Dutta, Emil Aalto, Dave Bushek, Andrew Wargo, Tal Ben-Horin, Brian Tissot, Dale Haidvogel; Middle row (left to right): Ximing Guo, Stephanie Otts, Zoemma Warshafsky, Maya Groner, Ryan Carnegie; Kneeling (left to right): Daphne Munroe, Andrew Foor, John Klinck, Jeff Lotz; Seated (left to right): Eileen Hofmann, Colleen Burge, Giulio De Leo, Jana Hennessey, Brynn Davis, Praveen Kumar, Gorka Bidegain [Carolyn Friedman attended via Skype].

RCN Marine Disease Modeling and Transmission Workshop

May 11-15, 2015

Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia 23529

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The NSF-funded Research Coordination Network (RCN) project, 'Evaluating the impacts of a changing ocean on management and ecology of infectious marine disease', is hosting a series of workshops that address aspects of marine diseases. This workshop, 'Marine Disease Modeling and Transmission', the fourth in this series, is designed to evaluate and implement approaches for modeling marine diseases, with emphasis on disease transmission processes.

The workshop will focus on withering syndrome in abalone and its transmission. The objective of the workshop is to engage participants in the development, implementation and evaluation of a model that will simulate abalone population dynamics, the effects of withering syndrome, and transmission of withering syndrome. The model will use data sets available from the literature and will be applied to abalone disease along the US west coast. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring relevant data sets, if available.

Workshop Structure:

The workshop is structured around plenary lectures, breakout groups, and model development and implementation. Two to three plenary lectures will be given each day that will provide an overview of the current state of knowledge about abalone biology, abalone disease, coupled population-disease models, and disease transmission. Breakout groups will focus on aspects of model development, parameterization, and evaluation. The abalone-disease models will be developed and implemented during the workshop.


The workshop will result in development of a model that can be used for many applications, with workshop attendees trained to use it. There is also an opportunity to develop a special issue of Frontiers Research Topics from the workshop results. This will be discussed at the workshop.