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

Christian Lindemann Chris.Lindemann at uib.no
Thu Feb 2 09:33:01 EST 2017

Workshop on trait-based approaches to ocean life 20-23rd August 2017
(please forward this email to others you think might be interested)

We are pleased to announce the third Workshop on trait-based approaches 
to ocean life, taking place from lunch Sunday 20th to lunch Wednesday 
23rd of August 2017. This event is on the verge to become tradition, and 
it is the essential place to be updated on state-of-the-art in this 
field. Previous meetings (listed below) have attracted a good mix of 
empiricists and theoreticians, and covered a wide range of organisms 
from microbes to whales, with a common interest in linking key traits to 
trade-offs, biodiversity and ocean ecosystem functioning.

Invited keynotes:
Zoe Finkel:
Macromolecular and elemental composition of microalgae

Oswald Schmitz:
The evolutionary ecology of ecosystem functioning: Functional traits, 
trophic interactions, and ecosystem nutrient cycling

Helmut Hillebrand:
Trait variability and environmental heterogeneity constrain community 
composition and ecosystem processes

Frede Thingstad and Selina Våge:
Can we constrain the “everything”  in “everything is everywhere”?

The programme and themes of the workshop is to a large extent formed by 
incoming contributions from participants.
The registration form includes the possibility to propose discussions 
and break-out sessions.

The registration is now open – submit your abstract here: 

Deadline for registration is 31st of March. The registration fee is 
6500NOK/~750USD and includes single room, all meals, and the scientific 
program (5750NOK/~670USD in shared double room). Part of the fee (1000 
NOK) needs to be paid in April, the rest directly to the hotel at the 

The venue this year is Solstrand Hotel, pleasantly located at the shore 
of a Norwegian fjord, only 30 km from the international Bergen airport 
and a similar distance from Bergen, Norway.

Welcome to everyone interested in trait-based approaches to ocean life!

On behalf of the Scientific Steering Committee,
Øyvind Fiksen

Scientific Steering Committee:  Ken Andersen (Technical University of 
Denmark), Andrew Barton (Scripps Institution of Oceanography and 
University of California, San Diego), Stephanie Dutkiewicz 
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Tatiana Rynearson (University 
of Rhode Island), Øyvind Fiksen (Organizer, University of Bergen and 
Hjort Centre for Marine Ecosystem Dynamics), Agostino Merico (Leibniz 
Center for Tropical Marine Ecology), Nicholas Record (Bigelow Laboratory 
for Ocean Science), Chris Lindemann (University of Bergen), Jorn 
Bruggeman (Plymouth Marine Lab)

Trait-based approaches to Ocean Life:
•         1st Workshop, Copenhagen, 2013
•         2nd Workshop, New Hampshire 2015
•         3rd Workshop, Bergen, Norway 20-23 of August 2017

‘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.’
 From Barton & al (2016). Report on the “Trait-based approaches to ocean 
life” scoping workshop.

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