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Ocean Global Change Biology
Gordon Research Conference

Integrative Research Addressing Responses, Refuges and Rescue in Marine Ecosystems


July 15-20, 2018


Waterville Valley
Waterville Valley, NH Site Information


Gretchen E. Hofmann

Vice Chair:
Sinead Collins

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 17, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

Ocean Global Change Biology is a multidisciplinary field and includes investigators working in numerous marine ecosystems, ranging from the open ocean to coral reefs. The field also integrates numerous techniques and approaches to understand how populations of marine organisms will respond to the complex, multiple stressor scenario emerging in the contemporary world ocean, and in future ocean change that we expect in the coming decades.

The Ocean Global Change Biology GRC seeks to synthesize new research directions, and identify synergies across subdisciplines, using a boundary spanning approach to understand the response of marine organisms and ecosystems to environmental change. Held in 2014, the inaugural Ocean Global Change Biology GRC emphasized several core themes including the response of organisms to interacting multiple stressors, mechanisms of adaptation and phenotypic plasticity, and presentations reviewing modeling efforts and experimental design. The 2018 conference will continue to pursue these goals, and will include 3 new sessions designed to highlight emerging perspectives and research efforts in the field – the role of epigenetic mechanisms in rapid responses to environmental change, the utility of "multiple trait-based" approaches in ocean global change research, and an exploration of the potential for climate change refuges and rescue. Notably, one goal of the 2018 GRC is stimulate discussion that helps us move beyond description of the response of organisms, and lean towards integrating science into actions that might be viable in a conservation or management context.

Please note that the GRC offers a number of opportunities to support participation at the conference, including partial support for faculty from predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUI), researchers from developing nations (through the Carl Storm International Diversity Fellowship), and underrepresented minority participants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are attending a GRC or GRS for the first time through the Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship Program. Applicants who are eligible are encouraged to contact the GRC Chair (hofmann@lifesci.ucsb.edu) for additional information.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Ocean Global Change Biology" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


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Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by March 15, 2018. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: A Horizon-Scan for Ocean Global Change Biology
    (Martina Doblin / Philip Munday / Debora Iglesias-Rodriguez / Kristy Kroeker)
  • New Perspectives on the Response to Multiple Interacting Stressors in the Marine Environment
    (Mary Sewell / Hannes Baumann / Katherine Mackey / Karen Chan)
  • Adaption, Evolution and Phenotypic Plasticity
    (Thorsten Reusch / Luis-Miguel Chevin / Morgan Kelly / Elisa Schaum)
  • Emerging Insight from the Study of Ecological Processes
    (Francis Chan / Jarrett Byrnes / Joshua Lord / Jennifer Sunday)
  • A Diverse Look at the Response to Multiple Stressors at the Population-Level
    (Daniela Schmidt / Naomi Levine / Malin Pinsky)
  • Climate Refuges and Rescue Strategies
    (Piero Calosi / Ruth Gates / Catriona Hurd / Dustin Marshall)
  • Epigenetics: Providing New Insights in Ocean Global Change Biology
    (Sinead Collins / Jose Eirin-Lopez / Mikhail Matz / Lisa Shama)
  • Modeling and Experimental Design
    (Jonathan Havenhand / Rebecca Asch / Curtis Deutsch / Cristian Vargas)
  • New Developments in "Many-Traits" Research
    (Andrew Barton / Jorn Bruggeman / Zoe Finkel / Mridul Thomas)
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