ESP faculty, students and alumni at IMCC3

The 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC3) was recently held during August 14-18 in Glasgow, Scotland. IMCC meetings are the largest international academic conferences on marine conservation science.

Prof. E. Chris Parsons was Chair of IMCC3. ESP PhD student Samantha Oester was a coChair and the Chair of the Communications Committee for the conference and PhD Katheryn Patterson was the Chair for Student Activities.

In addition, many workshops, symposia and other special sessions at the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress were organized by ESP faculty, students and alumni including:

Megan Draheim (PhD alum) Convenor &  Chris Parsons (faculty) co-Convenor – Human-wildlife conflict: complexity in the marine environment. 16th August 2014.

Samantha Oester (PhD student) Convenor – Using social media to make your marine science matter. 12th August 2014.

Samantha Oester (PhD student) Convenor – Talking the talk: effective and engaging presentations. 12th August 2014.

Samantha Oester (PhD student) Convenor – The science of conservation communication: effective outreach through the media. 16th August 2014.

Samantha Oester (PhD student) Organiser – Documentary and film making session: featuring BBC Ocean and Clyde Reflections. 16th August 2014.

E. Chris Parsons (faculty) co-Convenor – The verdict on marine megafauna tourism is in: where do we go from here? 12th August 2014.

E. Chris Parsons (faculty) co-Convenor – Integrating marine mammal conservation: human dimensions and the practitioner. 14th August 2014.

E. Chris Parsons (faculty) co-Convenor – Marine animals in conservation: ethics and welfare? 17th August 2014.

Katheryn Patterson (PhD student) Organiser – Conservation conversations: beyond business cards. 15th August.

Katheryn Patterson (PhD student) Organiser – Want to save the world” Here’s how: skill sets a; marine conservationists should have. 15th August 2014.

Sean Tracy (PhD student) Convenor – Incorporating issues of marine conservation into the classroom: a lesson-sharing session. 17th August 2014.

Andrew Wright (affiliate faculty) Convenor – Completive outreach in the 21st century: why we need conservation marketing. 16th August 2014.

Presentations at IMCC3 by faculty, affiliate faculty, students and ESP alumni:

Blight, L., Wright, A.J., Nowlan, L. 2014. Engaging diverse audiences to advance management solutions for underwater noise.

Draheim. M. 2014. Reducing marine animal welfare problems: a sociocultural approach.

Jones, R.C. 2014. Tracking estuary restoration in a tidal freshwater embayment, from nutrient loading reductions to bloom abatement to aquatic plant recovery.

Luksenburg, J.A. 2014. Towards a classification scheme for external injuries of marine mammals.

New, L., Hall, A., Harcourt, R., Kaufman, G & Parsons, E.C.M. 2014. The modelling and assessment of whale-watching impacts: an introduction.

Parsons, E.C.M., Draheim, M., McCarthy, J.B. and Rose, N.A. 2014. Levels of marine human-wildlife conflict: a whaling case study.

Parsons, E.C.M. et al. 2014. Key research questions of global importance for cetacean conservation.

Patterson, K. 2014. 2014. Marine animal welfare in research.

Scarpaci, C. & Parsons, E.C.M. 2014. The current state of the whale-watching industry around the globe.

Scott, C.A. & Parsons, E.C.M. 2014. “Cute and cuddly boys, cute and cuddly” – simply changing animal names can impact conservation concern.

Sprague, R.S. & Draheim, M. 2014.Hawaiian monk seals: labels, names and stories in conflict.

Wright, A. 2014. An introduction to conservation marketing.


Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

COVID-19 DATE CHANGES – For the complete modified spring calendar, see and for latest COVID-19 updates, see: