ANIMAL BIOLOGY SESSION PROPOSALS
Deadline: 1 March 2017
SEB Members are invited to submit proposals for Animal Biology sessions for our 2018 Annual Meeting taking place from 3-6 July in Florence, Italy.
For our 2018 Annual Meeting the Animal Section will be running three theme. Proposals are therefore accepted for topics that sit within therese three themes only.
Themes can be found below.
Find out how to submit a proposal here.
Theme 1: Proximate and Ultimate Drivers of Behaviour in a Changing World
Animal behaviours arise from complex interactions among genetic, developmental, physiological, and ecological factors. Within species, individuals show intrinsic behavioural variation as well as varying degrees of plasticity that determine evolutionary responses to changing environments. The study of behavioural ecology is a rich intersection of research from multiple disciplines that, along with modern tools in wild animal tracking and automated quantification of behaviour in the lab, is providing new perspectives on classical ecological questions concerning foraging, predator avoidance, mate choice and conflict, and social behaviours. In addition, the study of behaviour is providing a range of insights into more conservation-oriented issues. Session proposals are encouraged that examine behaviour, including those using techniques in physiology, movement and landscape ecology, and molecular ecology.
Theme 2: Thermobiology
The thermal environment is a key ecological factor affecting the development, metabolism and fitness of organisms and their populations. The thermal dependence of biochemical and physiological process underpins the responses of organisms to temperature change. However, thermal plasticity (acclimation/acclimatization) is a common feature of animals although scope for thermal compensation varies dramatically across species and across levels of biological organization. In addition as climates change, behavioural thermoregulation is increasingly important with short term use of thermal refuges and longer term shifts in organismal distribution. The Animal Section seeks session proposals that embrace the broad theme of Thermobiology, particularly those concerning physiological and behavioural responses to changing thermal environments.
Theme 3: Stress: From cellular mechanisms to organismal responses and conservation
Stress is caused by a range of challenges whether physical (e.g. temperature), chemical (e.g. ocean acidification/ pollutants) or behavioural (predator/prey interactions). These stressors elicit responses from the cellular level that cascade up to manifest as compensatory or deleterious changes at the organ level through to whole animal physiology, that may finally effect population and ecosystem health. The Animal Section is seeking session proposals that broadly cover phenotypic responses to stress, for example: cellular stress, the measurement of physiological perturbations caused by a stressor, monitoring indices of stress (hormones, behaviour), and assessing how stress effects survival relevant to conservation efforts.