[Coral-List] Acclimatization and Adaptation in Reef Organisms: ICRS2016 Session 5

Mikhail Matz matz at utexas.edu
Tue Dec 22 15:09:26 EST 2015

Dear colleagues - 

We are pleased to announce the opening of abstract submission to the Session 5 of the International Coral Reef Society meeting in Hawaii, 2016 (ICRS2016): "Acclimatization and Adaptation in Reef Organisms”.. 

The session's subject is very broad as you will see from the session's summary below. We are looking forward to exciting cross-disciplinary discussions.

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Abstracts are due by midnight, Central Standard Time USA / 06:00 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), January 15, 2016.

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see you in Hawaii!

Lead Organizers:
Mikhail Matz, University of Texas at Austin, matz at utexas.edu 
Iliana Baums, Pennsylvania State University, baums at psu.edu 
Hollie Putnam, University of Hawaii, hputnam at hawaii.edu 
Manuel Aranda Lastra, KAUST, manuel.aranda at kaust.edu.sa 

Timothy Ravasi, KAUST, timothy.ravasi at kaust.edu.sa
Line K. Bay, AIMS, L.Bay at aims.gov.au 
Sarah W. Davies, UNC Chapel Hill, daviessw at gmail.com 
Sylvain Forêt, ANU, sylvain.foret at anu.edu.au  
John Parkinson, PSU, jparkinson at psu.edu
Roberto Iglesias Prieto, UNAM, iglesias at cmarl.unam.mx
Carly D. Kenkel, AIMS, C.Kenkel at aims.gov.au


ICRS 2016,  Session 5
Acclimatization and Adaptation in Reef Organisms

The ability of reef organisms to undergo acclimatization and adaptation (Ac/Ad) is the major determinant of the resilience of reef communities in response to local human impacts and global climate change. Still, the rates and mechanisms of Ac/Ad in reef organisms remain largely unknown. This session will showcase multi-disciplinary research aimed to fill this knowledge gap through experimental studies demonstrating ecological and physiological Ac/Ad, mechanistic understanding of these processes, and theoretical or modeling work on their role in reef resilience, as well as discussions of its practical applications in reef management. 

Experimental evidence of Ac/Ad can be any demonstration that populations match their traits to their local environment and could be based on common garden experiments, reciprocal transplantation, demonstration of selection for fitness-related traits, historical shifts in physiology, morphology and geographical range. 

Mechanisms of Ac/Ad primarily include the following: 
- behavioral mechanisms (habitat preference during recruitment, mate choice to maintain ecological specialization), 
- intra-generational acclimatization (physiological and gene expression plasticity, modification of the prokaryotic and eukaryotic symbiont communities depending on the environment, epigenetics), 
- genetic adaptation (genomic evidence of local selection, restricted gene flow due to environmental disparity, genetic variation in fitness-related traits),
- non-genetic transgenerational adaptation (heritable epigenetic modification, adjustments of the prokaryotic and eukaryotic symbiont communities, or other mechanisms). 

Studies of changes in the interactions among closely interacting organism (symbionts), e.g. due to range shifts are also appropriate. 

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