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Unifying Ecology Across Scales (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Linking the Levels from Physiological to Ecosystem Ecology: Identifying Challenges and Opportunities


July 23-24, 2016


University of New England
Biddeford, ME


Jessica R. Corman & Jessica R. Coyle

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Unifying Ecology Across Scales is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is to bring together early career ecologists working across traditional disciplinary boundaries to discuss theory that links the scales of biological organization. The meeting will include opportunities for training and practice in team science and we particularly encourage applications from students and post-doctoral researchers who are interested in cross-disciplinary approaches to understanding the consequences of climate change, land use/land cover change, nutrient pollution, and biodiversity loss and the functioning of human-managed systems and landscapes.

Related Meeting

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


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Unifying Ecology in a Complex World
Discussion Leader: Xiao Xiao (University of Maine, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmDiego Barneche (Monash University, Australia)
"Constraining Ecosystem Dynamics from Individual-Level Growth Energetics"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmUnifying Ecology with Theory
Discussion Leaders: Becca Kordas (Imperial College London, United Kingdom) and Elif Tekin (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:35 pm - 7:55 pmRachel Nifong (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, USA)
"Temperature Effects on Virion Volume and Genome Length in dsDNA Viruses"
7:55 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmAlexander Brummer (University of Arizona, USA)
"Metabolic Scaling in an Asymmetric Network"
8:20 pm - 8:25 pmDiscussion
8:25 pm - 8:45 pmJoseph Burger (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
"How Metabolic Scaling Theory Can Provide Insights into Human Ecology"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:10 pmGeorge Hagstrom (Princeton University, USA)
"The Effect of Resource Ratios on Nutrient Limitation and Biogeochemical Cycles in the Ocean"
9:10 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amEcology Across Disciplines
Discussion Leaders: Erica Christensen (University of Florida, USA) and David Harris (University of Florida, USA)
9:00 am - 9:05 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:05 am - 9:25 amJacob Zwart (University of Notre Dame, USA)
"Scaling from Phytoplankton Traits to Lake Ecosystem Function"
9:25 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amEric Moody (Arizona State University, USA)
"Can Intraspecific Stoichiometric Variation Link Evolution to Ecosystems? A Case Study with a Desert Fish"
9:50 am - 9:55 amDiscussion
9:55 am - 10:15 amJulie Messier (University of Sherbrooke, Canada)
"Interspecific Integration of Trait Dimensions at Local Scales: Plant Phenotype as an Integrated Network"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:40 amPhilipp Boersch-Supan (University of South Florida, USA)
"Linking Seabird Energetics to Population Dynamics While Propagating Uncertainty Across Scales"
10:40 am - 10:45 amDiscussion
10:45 am - 11:00 amGeneral Discussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmEcology Through Space and Time
Discussion Leaders: Celina Baines (University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada) and Clare Fieseler (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmKatherine Todd-Brown (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
"Microbial Diversity and Substrate Heterogeneity: Linking Non-Linear Microbial Processes to Linear Ecosystem Fluxes"
1:50 pm - 1:55 pmDiscussion
1:55 pm - 2:15 pmKathryn Schoenrock (University of Glasgow, United Kingdom)
"Epibacterial Community Function in the Physiology of Polar Coralline Algae"
2:15 pm - 2:20 pmDiscussion
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmGeneral Discussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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