[Coral-List] 3rd International Workshop on Trait-based approaches to Ocean Life (Announcement)

Christian Lindemann Chris.Lindemann at uib.no
Thu Aug 25 05:25:34 EDT 2016

3rd International Workshop on Trait-based approaches to Ocean Life
20th - 23rd of August 2017
Solstrand near Bergen, Norway
hosted by the Hjort Centre for Marine Ecosystem Dynamics

"The trait-based approach to ocean life is emerging as a novel framework 
for understanding the complexity, structure, and dynamics of marine 
ecosystems, but also their broader significance. Rather than considering 
species individually, organisms are characterized by essential traits 
that capture key aspects of diversity. Trait distributions in the ocean 
emerge through evolution and natural selection, and are mediated by the 
environment, biological interactions, anthropogenic drivers, and 
organism behavior.
Because trait variations within and across communities lead to variation 
in the rates of crucial ecosystem functions such as carbon export, this 
mechanistic approach sheds light on how variability in the environment, 
including climate change, impacts marine ecosystems, biogeochemical 
cycles, and associated feedbacks to climate and society
(Barton et al., 2016, Trait-based approaches to ocean life, U.S. Ocean
Carbon and Biogeochemistry Program, DOI: 10.1575/1912/8017)."

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