Health and Environmental Effects Research
WED Scientist Invited To Attend PICES Meeting
Henry Lee II of NHEERL’s Western Ecology Division (WED) has been invited to a special session of Working Group (WG) 21 (invasive species) as part of the 2011 annual meeting of the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES). The WG-21 meeting is at the beginning of meeting, which is to be held October 14-21, 2011, in Khabarovsk, Russia. WG-21 is involved in a project on “Development of the prevention systems for harmful organisms’ expansion in the Pacific Rim,” supported by a special contribution from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries of Japan. Dr. Lee is a U.S. member of WG-21 and serves as the principal investigator for the database initiative under this project. The main objectives of this initiative are to (1) develop and populate a database of marine/estuarine nonindigenous species in the North Pacific that can be queried for distributional, ecological, and physiological data at different taxonomic levels and spatial distributions; (2) couple natural history with species’ spatial distributions to better understand potential risks; and (3) generate an atlas of the nonindigenous species in the North Pacific. The current member countries of PICES are Canada, Japan, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, and the United States. Information on the organization and its goals and activities can be found on the PICES Web site at http://www.pices.int.