Animal

 

Individual variation in infection-induced phenotypes in animal hosts: Mechanisms and implications from individuals to ecosystems (A3)
Organisers:
Dr. Lauren E. Nadler (Nova Southeastern University, USA)
Dr Sandra A. Binning (University of Montreal, USA)
 
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Duration: 2 days
 
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Muscles & Motors: Organismal bioinspired robotics (A4)
Organisers:
Ariel Camp (University of Liverpool, UK)
Brooke Flammang (New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA)
 
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Duration: 2 days
 
 
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Robotic models can provide new insights into how animals use musculoskeletal systems to move through their environment. These biological motors drive crucial physiological, behavioral—and ultimately ecological and evolutionary—processes. But the complexity of interacting muscles and skeletal elements limits what we can directly observe and measure. Replicating aspects of these biological systems with robotic mechanisms lets us test new hypotheses and explore biologically inspired design applications. This session brings together a diverse set of researchers exploring new ways to implement and apply musculoskeletal robotics.
 
 

To make the ends meet: instrinsic and extrinsic determinants of interindividual variation in telomere dynamics in non-model species (A5)
Organisers:
Dr Sophie Reichert (University of Turku, Finland)
Dr Tiia Kӓrkkӓinen (University of Turku, Finland)
 
Invited Speakers :
Prof Hannah Dugdale , (University Of Groningen)
Dr Christina Bauch , (University of Groningen)
Dr Pablo Burraco , (University of Glasgow)
Dr Jose Noguera, (University of Vigo)

 

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Duration: 2 days
 

 

Session Description

Telomeres. the chromosome ends controlling cell replication capacity , are posited to have an important role in cell senescence and ageing. Telomeres predict life expectancy, and theey are thought to link with lifestyle conditions. Additionally , within species , telomeres and their dynamic present consistent between individual differences , which could reflect inter individual variability in health and ageing rates. This session will examine factors (i.e genetics , environmental conditions, transgenerational effects , early -life programming , effects) that shape telomere dynamics and contribute to understanding the causes of interindividual variation in telomere dynamics and how this could turn shape individual ftness, ageing rates and life -history trajectories.


The effects of parental age at time of conception on offspring performance and fitness (A6)
Organisers:
Neil Benedict Metcalfe (University of Glasgow, UK)
Pat Monaghan (University of Glasgow, UK)
 
Invited Speakers 
Dr Sinead English
Dr Kristin Gribble
Dr Alexandra Sparks
Dr Pauline Vuarin
 
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Duration: 2 days
 
 
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Limits to thermal performance in ecototherms: the interplay between physical constrains, physiological boundaries and evolutionary trade-offs (A7)
Organisers:
Wilco C.E.P Verberk (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Dr Enrico L. Rezende (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile)
Dr Ignacio Peralta Maraver (Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain)
 
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Duration: 1 day
 
 
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This session aims to bring together different perspectives on limits to thermal performance. While loss of performance coincides with the breakdown of some physiological processes, it is currently unclear which variables may be involved and to what extent the same variables are involved in different cases, making it difficult to generalize. In this session we aim to showcase how physical processes, physiological complexity and evolutionary trade-offs interact to give rise to the diversity in thermal tolerance ranges observed across lineages and explore how they can be combined to strengthen thermal biology.

 
 

 

Opening the cellular powerhouse black box: intrinsic and extrinsic determinants of individual variation in mitochondrial aerobic metabolism (A8)
Organisers:
Dr Antoine Stier (University of Turku, Finland)
Dr Karine Salin (IFREMER Brest)
 
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Duration: 2 days
 
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Mitochondrial energy metabolism is increasingly recognised as a key mechanism influencing animal performance and adaptation to environemental conditions. While mitochondrial metabolic traits are very plastic (i.e can change within seconds to days in response to exercise, temperature, reproduction) , within-individual consistency in mitochondrial traits that exist even under standardized environmental conditions, transgenerational effects , early life programming effects) influencing mitochondrial metabolism is critical to understand how intra and inter individual veriation in mitochondrial aerobic metabolism emerge and could trigger individual heterogenity in animal perfomance and life histories.

Animal performance in response to varying diet quality and quantity: trade-offs between efficiency and capacity (A9)
Organisers:
Rachael Morgan (University of Glasgow, UK)
Darryl McLennan (University of Glasgow, UK)
Neal Dawson (University of Glasgow, UK)
Agnieszka Magierecka (University of Glasgow, UK)
 
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Duration: 2 days
 
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Feeding is essential for somatic growth and is intrinsically linked to animal performance. In general, a higher quantity and quality of food may confer benefits by increasing energy and growth potential. However, individual performance and overall success in the wild is, in part, a product of complex interactions between what food is available, how much of it there is and how capable and efficient an individual is at converting that food into energy. In this session we aim to explore these interactions, why they might have evolved and how they could change with environmental fluctuations.
 

 

The evolutionary significance of variation in metabolic rates (A10)
Organisers:
Amanda Kate Pettersen (Sydney Institute of Marine Science, Australia)
 
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Duration: 1 day
 
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Metabolic rate reflects an organism’s capacity for growth, maintenance, and reproduction, and is likely to be a target of selection. This session aims to examine the evolutionary potential of metabolism, by exploring both the causes of its variation, such as environmental and genetic sources of variation, energy trade-offs and constraints, and the consequences of variation for fitness. We welcome all submissions that consider evolutionary aspects underlying phenotypic variation in metabolic rates, including, selection, heritability, and plasticity.
 
 

 

Endocrine-mediated responses to environmental variability (A11)
Organisers:
Frank Seebacher (University of Sydney)
Alexander Little (Queen's University)
 
Invited Speakers
Alexander Little
Helene Volkoff
Frank Seebacher
 

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Duration: 2 days
 
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Bioinspiration, Biomimetics and Bioreplication (A12)
Organisers:
Thomas Neil (University of Bristol, UK)
Marc Holderied (University of Bristol, UK)
 
Session Speakers
Professor Jan-Henning Dirks
Dr David Labonte
 
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Duration: 1 day
 
Session Description 
 
Looking   to nature for clues to stimulate research in non - biological  science   and technology has been at the forefront of research innovation for years. Biomimetrics  is an interdisciplinary field in which principles from biological systems are applies to the synthesis of materials, systems or ,machines that   have functions that mimic these maturally occuring processes. The scope for these inspirational systems  is broad and there is a need to communicate new ideas from bioinspired research across disciplines in order to construct new ideas  and initiate collaborations . This session aims to bring together reseachers from diverse range of fields and use the meeting as a bisis for dicussing novel and exciting findings with their potential for a role in creating new bioinspired techonologies and materials.

 

Environmental and evolutionary influences on performance capacity and environmental tolerance (A13)
Organisers:
Oliver H Wearing (McMaster University)
Justin Conner (University of North Texas)
 
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Duration: 1 day
 
Session Description
Evolved mechanisms andtheir inyteractions with environmental cues across life stages influence perfomance of animals , both adapted and plastic responses to the evironment shape physiological mechanisms underlying whole organismal traits that are exposed to evolutionary selection, shaping perfomance capacity and enviromental tolerance . In this session we will explore how adaptive variation in perfomance capacity in novel environments has shaped animal physiology.

 

Cellular mechanisms underlying adjustments to temperature changes: insights from mitochondrial physiology and molecular biology (A14)
Organiser
Nicolas Pichaud
Lisa Bjerregaard Jorgensen
 
Session Speakers
Nicolas Pichaud
Lisa Bjerregaard Jorgensen
Antoine Stier
Karine Salin
 
Duration:  2 Days
 

Session Description 

Mitochondrial metabolim is increasing recognized as a key mechanism that influences animal perfomance and adaptation to environmental conditions. Mitochondrial metabolic traits can be very plastic, but consistent differences still exist among individulas. This is probably due to the convoluted nature of mitchondrial proteins encoded by two different genomes but also to the ability of animals to respond to these environmental cues. Accounting for variation in mitochondrial genotype and phenotype is thus required to fully grasp the role of mitochandra in a braod range of organisms experiencing environmental changes and to explain the source of consistent variation both between and within populations. In this session , we will review the current knowledge of adjustments and adaptations allowing different organisms to cope with their environment at the mitochondrial level.

 

 

Carry-over effects of global change stressors across metamorphosis: mechanisms and consequences (A15)
Organisers:
Nedim Tüzün (KU Leuven, University of Leuven, Belgium)
Julie Verheyen (KU Leuven - Evolutionary Stress Ecology and Ecotoxicology, Belgium)
Vienna Delnat (KU Leuven - Evolutionary Stress Ecology and Ecotoxicology, Belgium)
Germán Orizaola (Universidad de Oviedo & IMIB-Biodiversity Research Institute, Spain)
Mirco Bundschuh (University of Koblenz-Landau, Functional Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Germany)
 
Invited Speakers 
Dr Sarah Knutie
Jeff Wesner
Kirsty Macleod
Marjo Saastamoinen
 
 
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Duration: 2 days
 
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Adaptation or maladaption of coastal populations to anthropogenic and environmental stressors (A16)
Organisers:
Dr Emilie Farcy (University of Montpellier, France)
Prof. Jehan-Herve Lignot (University of Montpellier, France)
 
Invited Speakers
Inna Sokolova
Steven Brady
 
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Duration: 2 days
 
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Studying structure from all viewpoints: a case study on bones within the skin, osteoderms (A17)
Organisers:
Dr Catherine Williams (Aarhus University/University of Guelph, Denmark)
Dr Matt Vickaryous (University of Guelph, Canada)
Dr Antony Herrel (C.N.R.S/M.N.H.N, Paris)
 
Invited Speakers
Dr Mason Dean
Dr Melanie Debiais-Thibaud
Dr Torsten Scheyer
Dr Ed Stanley
 
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Duration: 2 days
 

 

Surviving oxygen deprivation: the role of mitochondria and the maintence of metabolic function (A18)
Organisers:
Todd Gillis (University of Guelph, Canada)
Angela Fago (Aarhus University)
 
Invited Speakers
Inna Sokolova 
Gigi Lau
Amanda Bundgaard
Jeff Stuart
 
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Duration: 2 days
 

 

Not just down the hatch: food processing, transport, and assimilation in jawed vertebrates (A19)
Organisers:
Nicolai Konow (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Massachusetts Lowell)
Callum Ross (Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago)
 
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Duration: 4 days
 
 

 

Illuminating hot topics in experimental biology: A meta-analytic approach to understanding biological phenomenon (A21)
Organisers:
Essie Rodgers (University of Canterbury)
Nicholas Wu (The University of Sydney)
Daniel Noble (The Australian National University)
 
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Duration: 2 days
 

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