SESSION 1: Setting the Scene (09:30 - 10:50)


Dr. Heather Koldewey - Zoological Society of London
The Bertarelli Programme in Marine Science: An Ocean Observatory

Dr. Bryony Mathew - British Indian Ocean Territory Administration
Science in the British Indian Ocean Territory

Mr. Ian Urbina - The New York Times
Enforcement Lessons from The Outlaw Ocean

Amb. Peter Thomson - The United Nations
The State of the Ocean



SESSION 2: The Open Ocean (11:20 - 12:45)


Prof. Barbara Block - Stanford University
Monitoring the Ocean's Sentinel Species Using Tagging Technology

Prof. Jessica Meeuwig - University of Western Australia
Pulling Back the Blue Curtain: Documenting the Status of Oceanic Wildlife in BIOT

Dr. David Jacoby - Zoological Society of London
Shark Networks: Translating Ecological Models into Improved MPA Enforcement

Prof. Phil Hosegood - Plymouth University
Sharks in the Surf Zone: How Internal Wave Dynamics Create Predator Hotspots



SESSION 3: From Coral Reefs to Islands (13:45 - 15:20)


Prof. John Turner - Bangor University
Climate Change Impacts on Coral Reefs and Recovery Potential in a Large Remote MPA

Dr. Catherine Head - Oxford University
Why are the Chagos Archipelago's Coral Reefs Important to its Other Ecosystems and the Wider Indian Ocean?

Prof. Nick Graham - Lancaster University
The Removal of Invasive Rats: How Does it Improve the Health of Coral Reefs?

Hannah Wood - Zoological Society of London
The Importance of the BIOT MPA for Seabirds

Dr. Nicole Esteban - Swansea University
The Use of Bio-Logging Technologies to Study Sea Turtles



SESSION 4: Applying Science to Management (15:50 - 17:30)


Harri Morrall - British Indian Ocean Territory Administration
Applying Science to Management

Andrew Deary - The Marine Managament Organisation
The Blue Belt Programme: Marine Protection in the Overseas Territories

Dr. Francesco Ferretti - Stanford University
The Shark Baselines and the Conservation Role of Remote Coral Reef Ecosystems

Dr. David Curnick - Zoological Society of London
Large MPAs: Their Effect on Pelagic Tuna and the Fisheries

Closing Remarks