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.
- 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
- 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 http://www.trait-based-workshop.dk/ 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.