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Marine Molecular Ecology
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

Marine molecular ecology is a vast and rapidly developing field that focuses on the study of the interactions and evolution of marine organisms at the molecular level. It broadly encompasses population genetics, dispersal and site recognition, prey-predator interactions, parasitism, symbiosis, and many other interactions among all kinds of marine organisms ranging from the microbes to the vertebrates. The molecules being studied include nucleic acids, protein and chemical signals, not only for their functions in the marine organisms, but also their interactions with the physical environment. Traditionally, disciplines in marine ecology are defined based on the size of the organisms being investigated, such as microbiology, invertebrate zoology, fish biology and fishery, and marine mammals. However, such boundary hinders the understanding the marine ecosystem as a continuum of interactions across all types of organisms. This conference aims at promoting exchange and networking among investigators of the vastly different disciplines in the field.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Marine Molecular Ecology" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2017 Marine Molecular Ecology
Impacts of Water Quality and Climate Change on Marine Life
Jul 23-28 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Stanley Lau
Curtis Suttle
2015 Marine Molecular Ecology
Linking Molecular Mechanisms with Ecological Outcomes
Aug 2-7 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hongbin Liu
Peter D. Steinberg
2013 Marine Molecular Ecology Aug 11-16 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Pei-Yuan Qian
Roberto G. Kolter
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