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Marine Molecular Ecology
Gordon Research Conference

Impacts of Water Quality and Climate Change on Marine Life

Dates

July 23-28, 2017

Location

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong, China

Organizers

Chairs:
Stanley Lau & Curtis Suttle

Vice Chairs:
Madeleine van Oppen & Qinglu Zeng

Hong Kong Advisory Board:
Tony F. Chan, Kathryn Song Eng Cheah, Fanny M.C. Cheung, Arthur B. Ellis, Barry Halliwell, Nancy Ip, Jian Lu, Peter Mathieson, Alfonso Ngan, Paul Tam, Benjamin Wah, Henry Wong, Vivian Wing-Wah Yam, Kenneth Young & Albert Cheung-Hoi Yu More Information

Meeting Description

This meeting will focus on the impacts of water quality and climate change on marine organisms (from microbes to metazoans) and marine ecosystems (from shallow water to deep sea). Presentation and discussion of current findings will include, but are not limited to, the use of molecular tools to decipher the ecological consequences of the changing marine environment, and the mechanisms behind the physiological and behavioral response of marine organisms to anthropogenic stressors.

Related Meeting

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

Contributors

Meeting Program

Sunday
2:00 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 pmValues of Molecular Ecology for Marine Conservation and Restoration
Discussion Leader: Jian-Wen Qiu (Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR China)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmPaul Barber (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
"Frontiers in the Discovery and Monitoring of Marine Biodiversity Using Molecular Tools"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmSophie von der Heyden (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa)
"Genes and Conservation: Molecular Approaches for Sustaining Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystems"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmGenomic Adaptations and Epigenetic Mechanisms
Discussion Leader: Pei-Yuan Qian (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR China)
9:00 am - 9:30 amTimothy Ravasi (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)
"Rapid Transgenerational Adaptation of a Reef Fish to Climate Change"
9:30 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:15 amYu-Zhong Zhang (Shandong University, China)
"Genomic Basis and Mechanisms for Psychrophilic Bacteria Adaptation to Deep Sea Sediment and Polar Sea-Ice"
10:15 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amGroup Photo / Coffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amJose Eirin-Lopez (Florida International University, USA)
"Epigenetic Mechanisms Underlying Acclimatory Responses to Nutrient Stress in the Staghorn Coral Acropora cervicornis"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmHaiwei Luo (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR China)
"New Evolutionary Mechanisms Giving Rise to Marine Bacterioplankton Lineages with Highly Reduced Genomes"
12:15 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 pmImpacts on Seasonality and Diurnality of Marine Organisms
Discussion Leader: Qinglu Zeng (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR China)
7:30 pm - 8:15 pmJed Fuhrman (University of Southern California, USA)
"Interactions Among Bacteria, Archaea, Viruses, and Protists"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:15 pmAdam Reitzel (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA)
"Evolution and Function of the Circadian Clock"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmEnvironmental Changes and Holobionts
Discussion Leader: Linda Blackall (University of Melbourne, Australia)
9:00 am - 9:30 amSean Crowe (The University of British Columbia, Canada)
"Microbial Sulfur Metabolisms, Ocean Redox, and the Evolution of Early Animals"
9:30 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:15 amMonica Medina (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
"Regulatory Roles of the Microbiome in the Coral Holobiont"
10:15 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amSandie Degnan (University of Queensland, Australia)
"Genome-Informed Insights into the Function of a Coral Reef Sponge Holobiont"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmChristian Voolstra (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)
"The Metaorganism Imperative - We Are Not Alone"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
2:00 pm - 4:00 pmPoster Session
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmInvasive Species Under Climate Change
Discussion Leader: Karen Chan (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR China)
4:00 pm - 4:45 pmAibin Zhan (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
"Molecular Mechanisms of Local Adaptation in Marine Invasive Species"
4:45 pm - 5:00 pmDiscussion
5:00 pm - 5:45 pmMelania Cristescu (McGill University, Canada)
"Sequencing Our Ways Towards Understanding Biological Invasions"
5:45 pm - 6:00 pmDiscussion
6:00 pmDinner
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMolecular Diagnosis of Organismal Responses to Environmental Stressors
Discussion Leader: Bayden Russell (Swire Institute of Marine Science, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR China)
9:00 am - 9:45 amLaura Mydlarz (University of Texas at Arlington, USA)
"Immunity to Community: Linking Immune Responses in Corals to Ecological Outcomes"
9:45 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 amMakoto Kusakabe (Shizuoka University, Japan)
"Identification of Genes Essential to Overcome Salinity Stress in Threespine Stickleback"
11:15 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:15 pmVengatesen Thiyagarajan (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR China)
"Molecular Diagnosis of High-CO2 Threats to Shellfish Diversity and Aquaculture"
12:15 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 pmYoung Investigator Presentations
Discussion Leaders: Matthias Wietz (University of Oldenburg, Germany) and Marli Vlok (University of British Columbia, Canada)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmZachary Gold (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
"Spatial and Temporal Variation of Environmental DNA in Kelp Forest Ecosystems"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmHaodong Liu (Tongji University, China)
"The Interactions Between the Heterotrophic Archaea and Bacteria on Degrading Particle Organic Carbon in Marine Water Column"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmIlia Maidanik (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
"T7-Like Cyanophage Populations Dominated by the Less Virulent Clade in the Marine Environment"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmGideon Mordecai (University of British Columbia, Canada)
"Evidence for Previously Unknown Viruses in Salmon from British Columbia"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmYahala Rina Roterman (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
"Has Microbiota Facilitated the Invasion of Spondylus Oysters in the Mediterranean Sea?"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmJin Sun (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR China)
"Mussel Genomes Provide Insights into Adaptation to Deep-Sea Chemosynthetic Environments"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMicrobial Interactions
Discussion Leader: Feng Chen (University of Maryland, USA)
9:00 am - 9:45 amSteven Wilhelm (University of Tennessee, USA)
"Resolving Hidden Virus-Host Relationships in Environmental Metatranscriptomes"
9:45 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 amElizabeth Ottesen (University of Georgia, USA)
"Deciphering the Responses of Bacterioplankton in Altantic Surface Waters to Saharan Dust Aerosols"
11:15 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:15 pmSteven Hallam (University of British Columbia, Canada)
"Co-Metabolic Innovation Along Eco-Thermodynamic Gradients in the Ocean"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmThreats to Marine Biodiversity
Discussion Leader: Madeleine van Oppen (Australian Institute of Marine Science / The University of Melbourne, Australia)
4:00 pm - 4:45 pmDavid Baker (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR China)
"MarineGEO-Hong Kong: Assessing the Impacts of Urbanization on Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning"
4:45 pm - 5:00 pmDiscussion
5:00 pm - 5:45 pmMelody Clark (British Antarctic Survey, Natural Environment Research Council, United Kingdom)
"Multi-Omics Approaches to Understanding Responses to Change"
5:45 pm - 6:00 pmDiscussion
6:00 pmDinner
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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