Workshop on trait-based approaches to ocean life 20-23rd August 2017
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We are pleased to announce the third Workshop on trait-based approaches to ocean life, taking place from lunch Sunday 20th to lunch Wednesday 23rd of August 2017. This event is on the verge to become tradition, and it is the essential place to be updated on state-of-the-art in this field. Previous meetings (listed below) have attracted a good mix of empiricists and theoreticians, and covered a wide range of organisms from microbes to whales, with a common interest in linking key traits to trade-offs, biodiversity and ocean ecosystem functioning.
Macromolecular and elemental composition of microalgae
The evolutionary ecology of ecosystem functioning: Functional traits,
trophic interactions, and ecosystem nutrient cycling
Trait variability and environmental heterogeneity constrain community composition and ecosystem processes
Frede Thingstad and Selina V?ge:
Can we constrain the ?everything? in ?everything is everywhere??
The programme and themes of the workshop is to a large extent formed by incoming contributions from participants.
The registration form includes the possibility to propose discussions
and break-out sessions.
The registration is now open ? submit your abstract here:
Deadline for registration is 31st of March. The registration fee is
6500NOK/~750USD and includes single room, all meals, and the scientific program (5750NOK/~670USD in shared double room). Part of the fee (1000 NOK) needs to be paid in April, the rest directly to the hotel at the meeting.
The venue this year is Solstrand Hotel, pleasantly located at the shore
of a Norwegian fjord, only 30 km from the international Bergen airport and a similar distance from Bergen, Norway.
Welcome to everyone interested in trait-based approaches to ocean life!
On behalf of the Scientific Steering Committee,
Scientific Steering Committee: Ken Andersen (Technical University of Denmark), Andrew Barton (Scripps Institution of Oceanography and University of California, San Diego), Stephanie Dutkiewicz
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Tatiana Rynearson (University of Rhode Island), ?yvind Fiksen (Organizer, University of Bergen and Hjort Centre for Marine Ecosystem Dynamics), Agostino Merico (Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology), Nicholas Record (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science), Chris Lindemann (University of Bergen), Jorn Bruggeman (Plymouth Marine Lab)
Trait-based approaches to Ocean Life:
? 1st Workshop, Copenhagen, 2013
? 2nd Workshop, New Hampshire 2015
? 3rd Workshop, Bergen, Norway 20-23 of August 2017
?The trait-based approach to ocean life is emerging as a novel framework for understanding the complexity, structure, and dynamics of marine ecosystems, but also their broader significance. Rather than considering species individually, organisms are characterized by essential traits that capture key aspects of diversity. Trait distributions in the ocean emerge through evolution and natural selection, and are mediated by the environment, biological interactions, anthropogenic drivers, and organism behavior. Because trait variations within and across communities lead to variation in the rates of crucial ecosystem functions such as carbon export, this mechanistic approach sheds light on how variability in the environment, including climate change, impacts marine ecosystems, biogeochemical cycles, and associated feedbacks to climate and society.?
From Barton & al (2016). Report on the ?Trait-based approaches to ocean life? scoping workshop.