Reminder: 2016 Gordon Research Conference: “Ocean Global Change Biology”, 17-22 July 2016, Waterville Valley, NH, USA

Deadline for applications: 19 June 2016!

The term Ocean Global Change Biology encapsulates climate-change mediated shifts in a wide range of oceanic conditions, the rate and magnitude of which will likely lead to altered physiological performance and changes in ecosystem status for biota in all oceanic regions.

This meeting will build on the inaugural 2014 Gordon Research Conference, which explored the “Interactive Effects of Multiple Global Change Variables”, by providing a thematic framework to categorize the myriad different responses of marine organisms to ocean global change. Such a framework is needed to map the current boundaries of our understanding of this fledgling research field. Together, a wide range of ocean observations, modelling simulations and the findings from manipulation experiments reveal diverse responses to ocean global change. The responses extend from no change to pronounced detrimental or beneficial effects on marine life, regardless of whether they are microbes or apex predators. Organismal responses manifest themselves in many different ways – from physiological acclimation to microevolution – and collectively provide insights into foodweb responses to complex changes in oceanic conditions.

Nine thematic sessions will build a comprehensive picture of the progress made to date and the challenges that lie ahead. This GRC will develop the map needed to enable this research community to prioritize mid-term foci needed to meet longer term scientific goals.

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 19, 2016. 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.

Program summary and list of speakers:

  • Advances in Ocean Global Change Biology Research (David Hutchins / Andrew Barton / Thorsten Reusch / Jean-Pierre Gattuso)
  • Multi-Stressors in the Coastal Ocean (Gretchen Hofmann / Frank Melzner / Francis Chan / Madeleine van Oppen)
  • Lessons in Studying Multi-Stressors from Other Disciplines: Ecotoxicology and Freshwater Research (Denise Breitburg / David Costantini / Craig Williamson / David Secor)
  • The Quest for Unifying Concepts in Ocean Global Change Studies: Energetics, Biophysics and Trait-Based Research (Brian Helmuth / Inna Sokolova / Mark Denny / Becca Kordas)
  • Adaptation, Microevolution, and Evolutionary Rescue (Sinead Collins / Andrew Hendry / Josianne Lachapelle / Gabriel Yvon-Durocher)
  • Multi-Stressors Across Foodwebs: Effects of Differential Vulnerability and the Role of Species Interactions (Cathy Pfister / Sophie McCoy / Sean Connell/Doug Rasher)
  • The Importance of Experimental Design in Ocean Global Change Studies (Jean-Pierre Gattuso / Christopher Cornwall / Ulf Riebesell / Jonathan Havenhand)
  • Modeling of Multiple Stressors – From Physiology to Biogeochemistry (Scott Doney / Kevin Flynn / Kenneth Denman / Charles Stock)
  • Communicating Multi-Stressor Issues to Policymakers and Managers (Philip Williamson / Lucia Fanning / Skyli McAfee / Libby Jewett)

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