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EOC FWS - Trait-based approaches to Ocean Life

Workshop (Foresight)
EUR-OCEANS organisation / funding

The trait-based approach to life is emerging as a novel framework to tackle the complexity of marine ecosystems. Rather than considering species per se, individual organisms are characterized by a few essential traits that describe the ensemble properties of the many species. Trait distributions emerge through evolutionary and behavioural optimization of the individual organisms respecting limitations imposed by trade-offs. The aim is to stimulate discussion and develop ideas on three themes:

  • Individuals – what are the key traits and trade-offs?
  • Scaling – from individuals to populations and ecosystems
  • Emergent patterns – trait biogeography and phenology

This workshop will bring together biologists, mathematicians and physicists working on different aspect of trait-based descriptions of life in the ocean or for other organisms.

The organizers have funding to support participation, and are aiming for about 60 participants and a good mixture of students, junior, and senior scientists. Note that application and registration is not possible before January 2013.

Keynote speakers:

  • Stephanie Dutkiewicz, MIT, USA
  • Mark Ohman, Scripps, USA
  • Colleen Webb, Colorado State Univ., USA
  • Kai Wirtz, Inst. of Coastal Research, Germany
  • Daniel Falster, Macquarie University, Australia
  • Simon Jennings, Univ. East Anglia, UK

Scientific committee:

  • Tomas Bohr, Tech. Univ. Denmark
  • Jorn Bruggeman, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Oyvind Fiksen, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Michael Follows, MIT, USA
  • Christopher Klausmeier, Michigan State University, USA
  • Elena Litchman, Michigan State University, USA
  • Markus Pahlow, IFM-GEOMAR, Germany
  • Tim J. Pedley, University of Cambridge, England
  • Maurizio Ribera d'Alcala, Stazio Zoologica Napoli
  • Cosimo Solidoro, OGS, Italy

Please refer to the worshop webpage and the attached announcement for details and the latest information.

This WS was selected for funding as a EUR-OCEANS foresight workshop after the March 2012 call.

Activity leader(s): 
Andy Visser, Patrizio Mariani, Ken H. Andersen and Thomas Kiørboe
Copenhagen, Denmark
Financial support: 
yes, through organizers (15 k€ from EOC)
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