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Marine Molecular Ecology (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Molecular Insights into Marine Ecological Interactions from Micro to Macro Scales


July 22-23, 2017


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


Marli Vlok & Matthias Wietz

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


The Gordon Research Seminar on Marine Molecular Ecology is a unique forum for graduate students, postdocs, and other early-career marine scientists to present and discuss new data and cutting-edge ideas.

This meeting will provide interdisciplinary insights into marine molecular ecology from big to small scales, focusing on interactions between viruses, microbes and macroorganisms and the ecological impact of environmental stressors resulting from climate change.

Planned session titles:

  • Molecular Insights into Cross-Kingdom Interactions
    (marine holobiont functioning, chemical signaling and metabolic exchange, co-evolutionary dynamics, molecular adaptations, virus-host systems)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies of a Changing Ocean
    (ecological impact of ocean warming and acidification, invasive species, ecotoxicology)

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by April 22, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Marine Molecular Ecology" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


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: Symbioses – Ecological Interactions Across the Domains of Marine Life
Discussion Leaders: Matthias Wietz (University of Oldenburg, Germany) and Marli Vlok (University of British Columbia, Canada)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmMonica Medina (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
"The Genomics of Symbiosis-Driven Development in the Upside-Down Jellyfish Cassiopea xamachana"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMolecular Insights into Cross-Kingdom Interactions
Discussion Leader: Ying Sun (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR China)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmAlexandra Campbell (University of New South Wales, Australia)
"Seaweed Holobionts, Environmental Change and Disease"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmShashank Keshavmurthy (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
"Local, Micro-Geographic and Seasonal Adaptation in Corals"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmLaurence Clarke (Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, Australia)
"Parasitic Syndiniales DNA Dominates the Southern Ocean"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmIlia Maidanik (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
"T7-Like Cyanophage Populations Dominated by the Less Virulent Clade in the Marine Environment"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amInterdisciplinary Studies of a Changing Ocean
Discussion Leader: Kumari Richa (Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Italy)
9:00 am - 9:20 amBryan Wilson (University of Bergen, Norway)
"A Year in the Life of the Minutiae in a Changing Arctic Ocean"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amZachary Gold (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
"Spatial and Temporal Variation of eDNA in Kelp Forest Ecosystems"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amSheila Roitman (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
"A New Cyanophage Playground: Fiddling with Cyanobacterial Membranes"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amCheuk Man Yung (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, USA)
"The Evolution of Temperature Adaptation in Recently Diverged Marine Bacteria"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
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 pmMentorship Component: Succeeding in Marine Science – Present Challenges and Future Avenues
Discussion Leader: Sheila Roitman (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
1:30 pm - 2:00 pmJed Fuhrman (University of Southern California, USA)
"Where Marine Microbiology Is Going and Advice on How to Get There"
2:00 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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