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Marine Microbes
Gordon Research Conference

The Evolution, Nature and Function of Microbial Interactions

Dates

June 19-24, 2016

Location

PGA Catalunya Business and Convention Centre
Girona, Spain

Organizers

Chair:
Catherine Legrand

Vice Chair:
Kay Bidle

Meeting Description

The theme of this Conference is "Evolution, nature and function of microbial interactions". Marine/aquatic microbes live in diverse environments and individual cells and communities face strong ecological and evolutionary pressures on different spatial and temporal scales. In such a complex world, microbial interactions critically drive the evolution of diverse life styles, genome structure, and cellular response that shape their ecology and impact on biogeochemical cycles. The Conference will present and rigorously discuss concepts and ideas at the forefront of molecular microbial ecology and evolution in order to elucidate the nature and role of diverse interactions among microbes in all three domains of life (Archaea, Bacteria and Eukarya) and how it shapes the functioning of complex biological systems in diverse marine (oceans, seas) and aquatic (lakes, rivers, ice) environments. The Conference also aims to include cutting-edge research from diverse fields (biomedical, mathematics, modeling) relevant to the broad diversity of marine microbes (bacteria, archaea, phytoplankton, protists, and viruses). The Conference will feature presentations of unpublished work by investigators at the forefront of the field in and will provide opportunities for junior scientists, postdocs, and graduate students to present their work in poster format and exchange ideas with leaders in the field. A collegial atmosphere will be fostered through extensive discussion sessions and daily opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings, providing an ideal setting for scientists from different disciplines to exchange ideas, brainstorm and discuss cross-disciplinary collaborations.

Related Meeting

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

Contributors

Final Meeting Program

Sunday
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmMicrobial Activities and Interactions in Natural Communities and Ecosystem Foodwebs
Discussion Leader: Pep Gasol (Institut de Ciències del Mar, Spain)
7:40 pm - 7:45 pmOpening Remarks
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:50 pm - 8:30 pmDavid Scanlan (University of Warwick, United Kingdom)
"Assessing the Factors Controlling Marine Picocyanobacterial Diversity and Abundance"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:20 pmMorten Iversen (Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM), University of Bremen, Germany)
"From Sub-Aggregate Scale to the Full Water Column – A 3D Look at Microbial Communities Within Marine Snow"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmLinking Microbial Diversity and Function to Ecology and Biogeochemistry
Discussion Leader: Jed Fuhrman (University of Southern California, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:55 amPierre Galand (Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls-sur-Mer, France)
"Rarity, Diversity and Ecosystem Functioning"
9:55 am - 10:05 amDiscussion
10:05 am - 10:35 amCoffee Break
10:35 am - 11:15 amAdina Howe (Iowa State University, USA)
"Metagenomic Explorations of Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue"
11:15 am - 11:25 amDiscussion
11:25 am - 12:10 pmShinichi Sunagawa (European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Germany)
"From Big Data to Ecology and Population Structure of Marine Microbial Communities at Global Scale"
12:10 pm - 12:20 pmDiscussion
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmPoster Previews
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmInteractive Pressures on Microbial Genome Structure
Discussion Leader: Bryndan Durham (University of Washington, USA)
6:00 pm - 6:05 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
6:05 pm - 6:50 pmIlana Berman-Frank (Bar Ilan University, Israel)
"Dust to Dust – Coupling Export Production and Programmed Cell Death in the Bloom Forming Diazotrophic Cyanobacterium Trichodesmium"
6:50 pm - 7:05 pmDiscussion
7:05 pm - 7:45 pmOtto Cordero (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Microbial Community Dynamics on Model Marine Particles"
7:45 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmEvolution of Microbial Interactions and Function
Discussion Leader: Corina Brussaard (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, The Netherlands)
9:00 am - 9:05 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:05 am - 9:50 amAssaf Vardi (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
"The 'Virocell' Metabolism - Metabolic Innovations During Host-Virus Interactions in the Ocean"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 amDebbie Lindell (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
"Cyanobacterial-Cyanophage Coevolution: From Genes to Populations"
11:15 am - 11:25 amDiscussion
11:25 am - 12:10 pmAlexander Petroff (Rockefeller University, USA)
"Hydrodynamics and Collective Behavior of Tethered Microbes"
12:10 pm - 12:20 pmDiscussion
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmPoster Previews
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmIncorporating Microbes into Biogeochemical and Climate Models
Discussion Leader: Kay Bidle (Rutgers University, USA)
6:00 pm - 6:05 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
6:05 pm - 6:45 pmStephanie Dutkiewicz (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Modeling Diverse Phytoplankton Communities"
6:45 pm - 6:55 pmDiscussion
6:55 pm - 7:05 pmSelected from Poster Abstracts: Naomi Levine (University of Southern California, USA)
"Competition in a Patchy World: Insight from a New Modeling Approach""
7:05 pm - 7:10 pmDiscussion
7:10 pm - 7:50 pmColin Brownlee (Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, United Kingdom)
"The Silicon Requirement for Coccolithophore Calcification: Understanding the Evolutionary and Ecological Implications"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmHost-Associated Microbiome Communities
Discussion Leader: Melissa Garren (California State University, Monterey Bay, USA)
9:00 am - 9:05 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:05 am - 9:50 amRussell Hill (Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET), University of Maryland, USA)
"Sponge Symbionts and Darwin's Paradox: Bacterial Symbionts in Sponges Are Key Players in Nutrient Cycling in Coral Reef Ecosystems"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 amJillian Petersen (Microbial Ecology, University of Vienna, Austria)
"Friends with Unexpected Benefits: 'Omics'-Driven Discoveries on the Functions, Biodiversity and Evolution of Marine Bivalve Symbionts"
11:15 am - 11:25 amDiscussion
11:25 am - 12:10 pmJesse Zaneveld (Oregon State University, USA)
"Coral Microbiomes Through Space and Time"
12:10 pm - 12:20 pmDiscussion
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmPoster Previews
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmEnvironmental Shaping of Functional Traits and Community Structure
Discussion Leader: Emil Ruff (University of Calgary, Canada)
6:00 pm - 6:05 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
6:05 pm - 6:45 pmZoe Finkel (Mount Allison University, Canada)
"Phylogenetic Differences in the Macromolecular Composition of Microbes"
6:45 pm - 6:55 pmDiscussion
6:55 pm - 7:05 pmSelected from Poster Abstracts: Marine Landa (University of Georgia, USA)
"Bacterial Metabolism in a Three Member Bacterial-Phytoplankton System as Revealed by Time Course Transcriptomics"
7:05 pm - 7:10 pmDiscussion
7:10 pm - 7:50 pmLaura Gomez-Consarnau (University of Southern California, USA)
"Reevaluating the Importance of Photoheterotrophy in Oligotrophic Systems"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 amBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
9:00 am - 12:30 pmInfochemicals and Cell Signaling as Drivers of Microbial Interactions
Discussion Leader: Julia Kubanek (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
9:00 am - 9:05 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:05 am - 9:50 amBenjamin Van Mooy (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA)
"The Potential for Chemically-Mediated Microbial Interactions to Affect the Strength of the Ocean's Biological Carbon Pump"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 amEinat Segev (Harvard Medical School, USA)
"Bacterial Influences on Emiliania huxleyi Physiology and Biomarkers"
11:15 am - 11:25 amDiscussion
11:25 am - 12:10 pmSebastian Fraune (Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, Germany)
"Cnidarian holobionts: a deep cross talk between the host and the bacteria"
12:10 pm - 12:20 pmDiscussion
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmPoster Previews
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmMicrobes, Well-Being and Sustainability
Discussion Leader: Carlos Pedros-Alio (Centro Nacional Biotecnología, CSIC, Spain)
6:00 pm - 6:05 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
6:05 pm - 6:20 pmSelected from Poster Abstracts: Salvador Almagro-Moreno (Dartmouth College, USA)
"Mucin Components Prime Environmental and Human Host Colonization of Marine Pathogens"
6:20 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 7:10 pmMelissa Garren (California State University, Monterey Bay, USA)
"From Bacteria to Boats: The Stories that Tracks Have to Tell"
7:10 pm - 7:20 pmDiscussion
7:20 pm - 7:40 pmCorina Brussaard (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, The Netherlands)
"Evolution, Nature and Function of Microbial Interactions, Synthesis with a Twitch"
7:40 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmClosing Remarks
8:00 pmDinner
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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