SEB Prague 2020

Animal Biology Sessions

The following Animal biology sessions will take place at SEB Prague 2020.

Animal Biology

Ecoimmunology

Parasites, disease and host immunity: Towards a mechanistic understanding of infection-induced phenotypes

Organisers:
  • Lauren Nadler (Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway)
  • Sandra Binning (The University of Montreal, Canada)
Speakers:
  • Martin Reichard (Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic) Reciprocal parasitism between bitterling fish and freshwater mussels
  • Patricia Lopes (Chapman University, USA) Feeling sick: When, why and how
  • Joanna Miest (University of Greenwich, UK) Environmental influences on the teleost immune system and its effect on survival, physiology, and behaviour
  • Martin Kavaliers (University of Western Ontario, Canada) Neurobiology of Pathogen Avoidance in Rodents

Ecoimmunology in a changing world: challenges and progress

Organisers:
  • Rebecca Cramp (University of Queensland, Australia)
  • Michel Ohmer (University of Pittsburgh, USA)

  • Speakers:
  • David Costantini - Ecoimmunology and oxidative stress ecology: the odd couple?
  • Sarah Knutie - Effect of recent urbanization on host resistance to invasive parasites in the Galapagos Islands 
  • Cynthia Downs - Is bigger better? Understanding how body size shapes immune defences 
  • Laura Ferguson - From thermal plasticity to plastic pollution: how host-microbe relationships drive animal success under changing environments’   
  • Environmental Fluctuation

    NEUROTRANSMITTERS TO PHERMONES: THE RESPONSE OF PHYSIOLOGICAL AND BEHAVIOURAL SIGNALS TO ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE

    Organisers:
    • Katherine Sloman (University of West Scotland, UK)
    • Danielle McDonald (University of Miami-RSMAS, USA)
    Speakers:
    • Katarina Medger (University of Pretoria, South Africa) -  Stress at a small scale: Non-invasive monitoring of glucocorticoids in African small mammals
    • Bob Wong (Monash University, Australia) - Sex on steroids: Widespread endocrine disruptor impairs mechanisms of sexual selection in fish 
    • Sarah Dalesman (Aberystwyth University, Wales) - Intraspecific variability in the response to predation threat: linking physiology, cognition and behavior
    • Katie Gilmour (University of Ottawa, Canada) - Physiological and behavioural responses to the social environment in fishes
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    Cell biology sessions

    Physiological and ecological responses to temperature fluctuation

    Organiser:
    •  Katie Marshall (University of British Columbia, Canada)
    • Anne E. Todgham (University of California Davis, USA)
    Speakers:
    • Suzie Currie
    • Brian Helmuth 
    • Johannes Overgaard

    DO ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINANTS ALTER ENERGY BALANCE, HOW CAN WE FIND OUT AND HOW MUCH DOES IT MATTER?

    Organisers:
    • Kimberley Bennett
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    Cell biology sessions

    Not just down the hatch: food processing, transport, and assimilation in jawed vertebrates

    Organiser:
    •  Nicolai Konow (University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA)
    • Callum Ross (University of Chicago, USA)

    ANIMAL & CELL BIOLOGY

    THE PHYSIOLOGY BEHIND PHENOTYPIC PLASTICITY IN RAPIDLY CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS

    Organisers:
    • Tamzin Blewett (University of Alberta, Canada)
    • Tommy Norin (Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark)
    Speakers:
    • Trish Schulte (University of British Columbia, Canada) - Mechanisms of plasticity in tolerance to abiotic stressors in fish
    • Clare Stawski (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway) - Physiological and behavioural plasticity of Australian marsupials in a changing environment
    • Tobias Wang (Aarhus University, Denmark) - Phenotypic flexibility of digestive and cardiovascular function to intermittent feeding bouts in snakes and other vertebrates
    • Andrew Turko (University of Guelph, Canada) - Feedback among phenotypically plastic behavioural, physiological, and morphological traits in amphibious fish moving between water and land
    Related sessions:

    Cell biology sessions

    Aquatic ectotherms in fluctuating environments - the Ins and Outs of the Ups and Downs: Respiration and Osmoregulation in fluctuating environments

    Organisers:
    •  Patricia A. Wright (University of Guelph, Canada)
    • Jonathan Wilson (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada)
    Speakers:
    • Anne E. Todgham (University of California Davis, USA) - Environmental complexity of the rocky intertidal: understanding the stressors that matter
    • Lauren Chapman (University of Guelph, Canada) - Environmental change and shifts in respiratory traits of East African Fishes
    • Philip L. Munday (James Cook University, Australia)  - Diel CO2 cycles and the physiology and behaviour of coral reef fishes
    • Kathleen Gilmour (Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Biology , Canada) - The osmorespiratory compromise in fishes

    Big Data

    Automated animal tracking in behavioural studies

    Organisers:
    • Shaun Killen (University of Glasgow, UK)
    • Stefano Marras (Italian National Research Council, Italy)
    Speakers:
    • Iain Couzin (Max Planck Institute, Germany) - Employing Immersive Virtual Reality and Automated Behavioural Analysis to Reveal the Common Geometric Principles that Underlie Individual and Collective Decision-Making
    • Dora Biro (University of Oxford, UK) - TBC 
    • Stefania Melillo (The Institute of Complex Systems, CNR, Italy) - Emergence of spontaneous collective turns in natural flocks of starlings
    • Gregory Murray (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK) - Group and individual tracking; mosquitoes, modelling and mortality

    Putting animal biology in ecological context with advances in animal tracking and bio-logging

    Organisers:
    • Shaun Killen (University of Glasgow, UK)
    • Barbara Koeck (University of Glasgow, UK) 
    Speakers:
    • David Gremillet (CNRS - CEBC -La Rochelle University, France) - Big data approaches to the spatial ecology and conservation of marine megafauna
    • Christen Fleming (University of Maryland College Park, USA and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, USA) - Getting a handle on location error
    • Susanne Akesson

    Other Animal biology sessions 

    Open Animal Biology

    Organisers:
    • Jack Thomson (University of Liverpool, UK)

    Open Biomechanics

    Organisers:
    • Nicolai Konow (University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA) 

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