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Predicting Outcomes of Species Interactions

linking ecology and evolution with demography and spread

13-14 September 2018, Fribourg

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The factors that determine the rates of population increase or decline and the differential contributions from individuals are central to the demography and evolution in natural populations. Besides abiotic factors, such changes are driven by species interactions. Scaling up to predicting species distributions is an especially challenging task, as abiotic tolerances, dispersal capacity and biotic interactions each vary in time and space.

In the frame of Fribourg Days of Ecology & Evolution and in connection with the Swiss Inter-University Doctoral Program in Ecology and Evolution and the Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Organismal Biology, the workshop will explore the most recent advances towards predicting the spread of species using a mechanistic approach. For this we will bring together knowledge on linking outcomes of ecological species interactions with demography and evolutionary dynamics and ranging from genomics to modelling tools to better understand and predict future spread of species. This becomes more complex when environments are changing, such as in the face of climate change or in novel environments in the case of biological invasions and biological control. Understanding such outcomes of species interactions is relevant both for basic science, but also for its application to pest species in agriculture, invasion biology and for conservation issues.

We have invited a number of well-known experts that will each give a lecture of 45 min followed by a discussion with the students. Students will also have the opportunity to present their work in short talks and posters. We also plan round-table discussions in small groups, moderated by the experts, on focussed the workshop topics (approaches, controversies, theory). The workshop will take place in Fribourg, Switzerland.


Keynote speakers:

Keynote 1: John Maron (University of Montana, USA)

Keynote 2: Jake Alexander (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)

Keynote 3: Stephen Keller (University of Vermont, USA)

Keynote 4: Antoine Guisan (University of Lausanne, Switzerland) 

Keynote 5: Elizabeth Crone (Tufts University, USA)

Keynote 6: Marjo Saastamoinen (University of Helsinki, Finland)


Summarizer: Tobias Züst (University of Bern, Switzerland)




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