[Coral-List] Call for Abstracts: ICRS Session 46 - Trait-based approaches in coral reef ecology: from functional ecology to management

Dr. Sebastian Ferse sebastian.ferse at leibniz-zmt.de
Sun Dec 27 09:12:42 EST 2015

Dear colleagues,


We would like to invite abstract submissions to ICRS Session 46,
“Trait-based approaches in coral reef ecology: from functional ecology to


Session description:

The use of trait-based approaches is gaining increasing attention in coral
reef ecology. While the characterization of individual traits, such as
herbivory in reef fishes, has a relatively long tradition, more recent
multi-dimensional methods allow for more holistic and refined examination of
functional diversity facets yielding novel insights into the links between
environment and the organization of species assemblages. Multi-dimensional
approaches to the functional composition of reef communities appear to be
better indicators of environmental impacts than taxonomic descriptors.
Furthermore, functional indices have shown relation to system resilience.
Since functional diversity is also largely involved in the provision of
services to humans, trait-based approaches not only have the potential to
generate new insights into community organization and impacts of stressors,
and to develop predictive models, but also provide new tools for the
management of natural resources that balance assemblage sensitivities with
services provision. 

This session strives to bring together the various new developments in
trait-based approaches, from novel characterizations of traits,
methodological innovations, and the systematic collection of information on
traits, to local ecological knowledge on traits, trait-based modelling, and
ecosystem management. 


Potential topics include: functional diversity, functional richness,
databases of functional traits, community ecology, ecosystem services,
trait-based management.


The deadline for submission is 15 January 2016

Please follow the detailed instructions for abstract submission at:



Session Organizers:

Valeriano Parravicini, CNRS-EPHE CRIOBE, University of Perpignan, France (
<mailto:valeriano.parravicini at ird.fr> valeriano.parravicini at ird.fr) 


Jeremiah Plass-Johnson, Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT)
Bremen, Germany (jeremiah.plassjohnson at leibniz-zmt.de;
<mailto:jplass72 at yahoo.com> jplass72 at yahoo.com) 


Sébastien Villéger, UMR MARBEC, University of Montpellier, France (
<mailto:svillege at univ-montp2.fr> svillege at univ-montp2.fr) 


Sonia Bejarano, Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) Bremen,
Germany (sonia.bejarano at leibniz-zmt.de)


Sebastian Ferse, Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) Bremen,
Germany (sebastian.ferse at leibniz-zmt.de)



We are looking forward to an exciting session in Honolulu!


Best regards, Sebastian




Dr. Sebastian Ferse

Leader, work group Human Agency, Resilience and Diversity in Coral Reefs

Phone: +49-421-238 00 28

Fax: +49-421-238 00 30

e-mail:  <mailto:sebastian.ferse at leibniz-zmt.de>
sebastian.ferse at leibniz-zmt.de

REPICORE Website:  <http://repicore.zmt-bremen.com/>


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Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrates:

Dr. Walter Dörhage


Prof. Dr. Hildegard Westphal


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