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Unifying Ecology Across Scales
Gordon Research Conference

Linking the Levels from Physiological to Ecosystem Ecology

Dates

July 24-29, 2016

Location

University of New England
Biddeford, ME

Organizers

Chair:
Richard M. Sibly

Vice Chair:
Mary I. O'Connor

Meeting Description

This conference provides a discussion forum for those wanting to make links between physiological, behavioral, population, community and ecosystems ecology. If you want to reach out from specialized research and are passionately interested in linking the levels and putting the pieces together, or if you want to apply ecology in, e.g., conservation, fisheries, risk assessment or climate change, then this is the conference for you. We look forward to welcoming you at this five-day meeting at the beautiful seaside campus of the University of New England overlooking the Saco River Estuary. To attend: just apply; to speak: contact the chair. Bursaries are available to speakers to partly cover registration which includes accommodation and meals.

Special focus this year will be on linking the levels using insights from the factors that constrain individual physiologies such as availability of energy and nutrients. Major themes are Metabolic Ecology and Individual-based Modeling using computer simulation. Approaches will include energy-based methods but also ecological stoichiometry accounting for chemical flows within and across levels. Examples discussed will include animals, plants and microbes. Speakers will include James H. Brown, Brian Enquist, Mary O'Connor, Gabriel Yvon-Durocher, Steve Railsback and Volker Grimm.

Related Meeting

This GRC was held in conjunction with the "Unifying Ecology Across Scales" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Contributors

Final Meeting Program

Sunday
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmMaking Links Between Physiological, Behavioral, Population, Community and Ecosystems Ecology
Discussion Leader: Mary O'Connor (University of British Columbia, Canada)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmJames Brown (University of New Mexico (Retired), USA)
"Energy, Ecology, Evolution: A New Paradigm and Synthesis"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmRoger Nisbet (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
"Prediction Up and Down Levels of Organization: One Step at a Time"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMetabolic Traits and Biotic Interactions
Discussion Leader: Tony Dell (National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amGabriel Yvon-Durocher (University of Exeter, United Kingdom)
"Ecological and Evolutionary Constraints on the Temperature Dependence of the Carbon Cycle"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amMark Bradford (Yale University, USA)
"Biotic Interactions, Biogeochemistry and Scale: Does Ignoring Local Variation Invalidate Our Knowledge of Broad-Scale Controls on Carbon Cycling?"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 11:45 amAnita Narwani (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland)
"Similarity in Gene Expression Predicts Species Interactions and Coexistence in Freshwater Green Algae"
11:45 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:05 pmMridul Thomas (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland)
"The Effect of Temperature on Present and Future Phytoplankton"
12:05 pm - 12:10 pmDiscussion
12:10 pm - 12:25 pmElisa Schaum (University of Exeter, United Kingdom)
"Wee Beasties in a Warming World - Molecular and Physiological Mechanisms of Thermal Acclimation and Adaptation"
12:25 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmPower Hour
The GRC Power Hour is an optional informal gathering open to all meeting participants. It is designed to help address the challenges women face in science and support the professional growth of women in our communities by providing an open forum for discussion and mentoring.
Organizers: Mary O'Connor (University of British Columbia, Canada) and Angelica Gonzalez (Rutgers University, USA)
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmLinking Ecological, Evolutionary and Ecosystem Dynamics
Discussion Leader: Gabriel Yvon-Durocher (University of Exeter, United Kingdom)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmThomas Bell (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
"Ecosystem Functioning in Miniature Worlds: Dynamics of the Niche in Bacterial Microcosms"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmMichael Follows (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Linking Stoichometry, Allometry and the Biogeography of Marine Microbes"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmLinking the Levels Using Individual Based Models (IBMs)
Discussion Leader: Roger Nisbet (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amVolker Grimm (Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany)
"Nothing Makes Sense in Ecology Except in the Light of Individuals: Individual-Based Modelling Unifies Ecology"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amSteve Railsback (Humboldt State University / Lang Railsback and Associates, USA)
"Should We Hope for General Theory Linking Individual Adaptive Behavior and Community Ecology?"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 11:50 amRichard Sibly (University of Reading, United Kingdom)
"Using Energy Budgets in IBMs to Link Individuals and Populations"
11:50 am - 12:00 pmDiscussion
12:00 pm - 12:20 pmElske van der Vaart (University of Reading, United Kingdom)
"Evaluation of Complex Models Using Approximate Bayesian Computation"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmNew Insights from Individual Based Models
Discussion Leader: Volker Grimm (Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmJaclyn Matthes (Dartmouth College, USA)
"The Challenge of Reconciling Earth System Models with Ecological Datasets Across Centuries"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmMichael Harfoot (Microsoft Research, United Nations Environment Programme, United Kingdom)
"The Madingley Model"
8:40 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 8:55 pmDerek Tittensor (Dalhousie University, Canada)
"Combining Metabolic and Neutral Theories to Explain Patterns of Global Biodiversity"
8:55 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:10 pmChristina Kaiser (University of Vienna, Austria)
"Understanding Emergent Phenomena of Soil Microbial Communities Using Individual-Based Modelling"
9:10 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:25 pmOfir Levy (Arizona State University, USA)
"Time as an Ecological Resource: Can Diurnal Animals Compensate for Climate Change by Nocturnal Activity?"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmBiological Allometry - Organismal Form, Function, and Evolution
Discussion Leader: Van Savage (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amBrian Enquist (University of Arizona, USA)
"The Next Steps for Metabolic Scaling: A General Theory for Scaling from Cells to Ecosystems"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amChris Doughty (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
"How Did Ecosystems Function Before the Megafauna Extinctions: Using Biological Allometry to Predict Large Animals Impact on Forest Function"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 11:45 amCyrille Violle (CNRS, France)
"Biological Allometry, Natural and Artificial Selection"
11:45 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:05 pmLisa Bentley (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
"Exploring the Scaling of Tree Branching Architecture Across the Tropics"
12:05 pm - 12:10 pmDiscussion
12:10 pm - 12:25 pmIan Hatton (McGill University, Canada)
"Growth Dynamics and Scaling Laws Across Levels of Organization"
12:25 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmBiological Allometry - Constraints on Ecosystem Functioning and Biological Diversity
Discussion Leader: Brian Enquist (University of Arizona, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmVan Savage (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
"Temperature, Traits, and Trophic Interactions"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDiego Barneche (Monash University, Australia)
"Constraining Ecosystem Dynamics from Individual-Level Growth Energetics"
8:40 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 8:55 pmDaniel van Denderen (Centre for Ocean Life, DTU Aqua, Denmark)
"Global Patterns in the Feeding Ecology of Large Marine Fish"
8:55 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:10 pmJohn Grady (University of New Mexico, USA)
"Variation in Metabolic Power Drives the Distribution of Marine Predators"
9:10 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:25 pmJordan Okie (Arizona State University, USA)
"Major Evolutionary Transitions of Life, Metabolic Scaling, and the Number and Size of Mitochondria and Chloroplasts"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmStoichiometry in Ecological Interactions and Evolutionary Dynamics
Discussion Leader: Angelica Gonzalez (Rutgers University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amMichelle Evans-White (University of Arkansas, USA)
"Ecological Stoichiometry of Leaf Litter Decomposition in Stream Ecosystems"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amKathleen Treseder (University of California, Irvine, USA)
"Microbial Traits, Stoichiometry, and Ecosystem Function"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 11:45 amCaroline Turner (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
"Evolving Stoichiometry in E. coli: Selection for Elemental Efficiency or Increased Growth?"
11:45 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:05 pmKrista Capps (University of Georgia, USA)
"Waste-Water Stoichiometry and Freshwater Ecosystem Function: Linking Resource-Management Decisions with the Quality and Quantity of Basal Food Resources"
12:05 pm - 12:10 pmDiscussion
12:10 pm - 12:25 pmJim Heffernan (Duke University, USA)
"Using Fine-Scale Variability to Diagnose and Forecast Shifts in Resource Limitation"
12:25 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmStoichiometry from Ecosystems to Molecules
Discussion Leader: Richard Sibly (University of Reading, United Kingdom)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmDavid Storch (Charles University, Czech Republic)
"Diversity Equilibria"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmMary O'Connor (University of British Columbia, Canada)
"Unifying Ecology - Where Have We Got to and What Are the Prospects?"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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