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Predator-Prey Interactions
Gordon Research Conference

Mechanisms and Outcomes of Predator-Prey Interactions: Scaling Across Space and Time

Dates

January 28 - February 2, 2018

Location

Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express
Ventura, CA Site Information

Organizers

Chairs:
Evan Preisser & Jacqueline Blundell

Vice Chairs:
Maud Ferrari & Ajai Vyas

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by December 31, 2017. 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

The 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Predator-Prey Interactions brings together speakers from a range of disciplines to address both the underlying mechanisms and emergent impacts of the predator-prey dynamic. The neurobiology of responses to risk in individual prey can, when aggregated across a population, profoundly affect surrounding ecosystems. Similarly, researchers are increasingly aware of how quickly selection and epigenetic forces can shift prey phenotypes and alter future interactions with predators. In both cases, the connections between small-scale (within an individual or at a single point in time) and large-scale (across ecosystems or generations) processes illustrate how exploring the "linkage map" of predator-prey interactions across scales can identify new fields of research and synergize the collaborations necessary to address them. Our 30 invited speakers range from postdoctoral researchers to institute directors and hail from five continents; all are extremely active researchers. We have targeted the most exciting advances in predator-prey work across multiple fields, with each speaker agreeing to share their latest unpublished findings. In order to encourage active participation from everyone at the conference, all attendees are strongly encouraged to present a poster on their work. Should the conference be oversubscribed (as it was in 2014), applicants presenting posters will be given priority in the registration process.

Session Titles

The Conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by July 1, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Predator-Prey Interactions in the Field and in the Lab
  • Evolutionary Underpinnings of Predator-Prey Interactions
  • Predators at the Landscape Level
  • Prey Responses to Predator Cues
  • Neural Responses to Predators
  • Neurobiology of Fear
  • Carnivores in Natural and Managed Landscapes
  • Transgenerational Impacts of Stress
  • Past, Present, and Future Directions in Fear and Predator-Prey Research
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