University of New England, Biddeford, ME, United States
Oceans and Human Health (OHH) is an interdisciplinary field of study that has fostered collaborative activities among biomedical and oceanographic researchers and trainees in a coordinated fashion for over a decade. With support from the Gordon Research Conferences (GRC), we have convened three excellent Oceans and Human Health (OHH) conferences and graduate seminars (GRS) over the past six years. This integrative or "metadiscipline" is still growing in scope and importance, and the GRCs on Oceans and Human Health have been crucial to this growth.
The theme of the 2014 GRC in OHH is "Anthropogenic impacts on coastal communities and ecosystems". Anthropogenic, or human-induced, impacts on the oceans include the discharge of contaminants and the impacts of human activities related to climate change. These influences can impact the world’s oceans and its ecosystems, and ultimately have feed-back consequences to human health and well-being.