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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most exciting advances in predator-prey work across multiple fields, with each speaker agreeing to share their latest unpublished findings.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.

Contributors

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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 pmKeynote Session: Predator-Prey Interactions in the Field and in the Lab
Discussion Leaders: Evan Preisser (University of Rhode Island, USA) and Jacqueline Blundell (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada)
7:40 pm - 7:50 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:50 pm - 8:30 pmCaroline Blanchard (University of Hawaii, USA)
"Of Mice and Men: Antipredator Defenses in the World, in the Lab, and in the Brain"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:20 pmJoel Berger (University of Montana, USA)
"Extreme Conservation - Moving Beyond Behavioral Ecology to Confront Current Challenges"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmEvolutionary Underpinnings of Predator-Prey Interactions
Discussion Leader: Sonny Bleicher (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:40 amJohn Orrock (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"Predator-Mediated Evolution of Prey Behavior: Using Population Genomics to Quantify Evolutionary Change"
9:40 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:20 amCatherine Matassa (Northeastern University, USA)
"Viewing Food Chains from the Middle-Out: How Prey Responses to Predation Risk Affect Top-Down and Bottom-Up Processes"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amRobyn Crook (San Francisco State University, USA)
"Fitness Effects of Plasticity in Anti-Predator Behavior Induced by Sub-Lethal Injury"
11:30 am - 11:40 amDiscussion
11:40 am - 12:10 pmRobert Stoks (University of Leuven, Belgium)
"The Evolution of Predator-Prey Interactions in Natural Populations of Aquatic Invertebrates"
12:10 pm - 12:20 pmDiscussion
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
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 pmPredators at the Landscape Level
Discussion Leader: Shelby Rinehart (San Diego State University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:35 pm - 8:05 pmElizabeth Madin (Macquarie University, Australia)
"Fishing, Marine Reserves, and Fear in Oceans"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pmTrisha Atwood (Utah State University, USA)
"Knock-On Effects: How Predator-Prey Interactions Influence Carbon Cycling"
8:40 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:15 pmStephanie Periquet (University of the Free State, South Africa)
"Cheetah Diet Across Various Land Uses (Cattle Farms, Game Farms, and Protected Areas) in Namibia"
9:15 pm - 9:20 pmDiscussion
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPrey Responses to Predator Cues
Discussion Leader: Adam Crane (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:40 amTheodore Stankowich (California State University, Long Beach, USA)
"Exposure to Predators and the Evolution of Prey Defenses and Aposematism in Mammals"
9:40 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:20 amGrant Brown (Concordia University, Canada)
"Fear of the Unknown: Neophobia as an Adaptive Response to Uncertain Risks"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amWilliam Resetarits (University of Mississippi, USA)
"Natural History, Chemical Ecology, Predator-Prey Interactions, and Community Assembly: Lessons from a Chemically Cryptic Fish"
11:30 am - 11:40 amDiscussion
11:40 am - 12:10 pmMark Berry (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada)
"Modelling Predator-Prey Interactions with Trace Amines"
12:10 pm - 12:20 pmDiscussion
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
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 pmNeural Responses to Predators
Discussion Leader: Newton Canteras (University of Sao Paolo, Brazil)
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:35 pm - 8:05 pmGwyneth Card (Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA)
"Building a Better Looming Detector: How Flies Discern Ethologically-Relevant Features at the Right Spatial and Temporal Scales"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pmRupshi Mitra (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
"Neuronal Plasticity in Amygdala Following Predator Odor Exposure"
8:40 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:15 pmCornelius Gross (European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Italy)
"Predator and Social Fear Circuits: Same or Different?"
9:15 pm - 9:20 pmDiscussion
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmNeurobiology of Fear
Discussion Leader: Wen Han Tong (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:40 amKen Lukowiak (Hotchkiss Brain Institute, Canada)
"Can Snails Learn About a New Predator? A Tale of Two Ponds"
9:40 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:20 amArun Asok (Columbia University, USA)
"Neural Circuits that Co-Modulate Learned and Innate Predator Odor Fear"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amGal Richterlevin (University of Haifa, Israel)
"The Unique Role of the Dentate Gyrus in Coping with Stress"
11:30 am - 11:40 amDiscussion
11:40 am - 12:10 pmMarta Moita (Champalimaud Foundation, Portugal)
"Social Regulation of Defensive Behaviours"
12:10 pm - 12:20 pmDiscussion
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
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 pmCarnivores in Natural and Managed Landscapes
Discussion Leader: Rebecca Selden (Rutgers University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:35 pm - 8:05 pmDoug Smith (Yellowstone Center for Resources, USA)
"Predator-Prey Relationships in Yellowstone: Re-Thinking the Landscape of Fear and Trophic Cascades"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pmJustin Suraci (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)
"Anthropogenic Landscapes of Fear: Causes and Consequences of Human-Induced Changes in Carnivore Predation Risk"
8:40 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:15 pmMathew Crowther (The University of Sydney, Australia)
"The Role of the Dingo as an Apex Predator in Australian Ecosystems"
9:15 pm - 9:20 pmDiscussion
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmTransgenerational Impacts of Stress
Discussion Leader: Michael Clinchy (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:40 amTracy Langkilde (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
"Impacts of Transgenerational Versus Early-Life Stress on Lizard Physiology"
9:40 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:20 amMichael Sheriff (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
"Transgenerational Risk Effects and the Value of Maternal Stress"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amBrian Dias (Emory University, USA)
"Using Olfaction to Study Intergenerational Imprints of Ancestral Experience"
11:30 am - 11:40 amDiscussion
11:40 am - 12:10 pmRegina Sullivan (Nathan S. Kline Institute / NYU Langone Medical Center, USA)
"The Ontogeny of Threat to Predator Odor in Infant Rats"
12:10 pm - 12:20 pmDiscussion
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
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 pmFuture Directions in Fear and Predator-Prey Research
Discussion Leaders: Ajai Vyas (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) and Maud Ferrari (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmJames Estes (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)
"Predators and Food Web Dynamics: Pattern and Process in Space and Time"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmLiana Zanette (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
"The Dimensions of Fear: From Brains, to Ecosystems, to Human Health and Human Impacts"
9:10 pm - 9:20 pmDiscussion
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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