2020 Annual Meeting Session Proposals


Deadline: Monday 8th March at 12 am UK (GMT)

SEB Members are invited to submit proposals for Animal Biology sessions for our 2022 Annual Conference.  

For our 2022 Annual Conference, the Animal Section will be running three themes. Proposals are accepted for topics that sit within these themes, but we also welcome proposals in any area of the Animal Section Interest Groups. Further information can be found below:

Find out how to submit a proposal here.

Theme 1: Sources of individual variation: intrinsic and extrinsic factors

Individuals within the same species can differ substantially in their morphology, physiology and behaviour. This variation can arise from intrinsic factors, such as genetic inheritance, age, sex, and reproductive status, but also from environmental factors such as habitat quality, temperature, food availability, and social dynamics. The combined influence of these factors is complex and can cause permanent phenotypic effects that can carry-over to subsequent generations. Understanding the degree and source of individual variability are also key for understanding the ability of populations to cope with environmental change. For this theme, we seek contributions that explore this complexity and explore the eco-evolutionary implications of individual variation within species. 

Theme 2: Reproduction and Life-Stages

The life cycle of animals includes transitions from one life-stage to another with the ultimate goal of successful reproduction. Studies of wild populations suggest potential changes in reproduction, development, and the timing of critical life-history events due to changes in environmental conditions, including climate change, with potentially broad consequences for population viability. Within this theme, we invite sessions focused on current research in animal reproduction and development, including fecundity, endocrine regulation, metabolism, mate-choice, breeding, as well as the ecological, evolutionary, and conservation implications of changes in these traits. Sessions may also include topics on other life-stage transitions and senescence, and how these are affected by ongoing environmental change.

Theme 3: Performance Capacity and Environmental Tolerance

Most animals experience variation in factors such as temperature, pH, oxygen availability, food and water. The physiological systems of animals have therefore evolved to optimise function in the face of this variation, which can either limit or enable animal performance. Adaptations can include “capacity” adaptations for gas transport, neuromuscular function, digestion, immune function that support locomotion, growth and reproduction when conditions are benign. Conversely, physiological systems must support survival when conditions are not permissible for growth and reproduction. These “tolerance” adaptations can, for example, allow some animals to endure temperature extremes, anoxia, drought, starvation etc. The physiological traits important for high physiological capacity can be quite different from those supporting physiological resilience at environmental extremes with many animals switching among physiological demands and selective pressures over various timescales. We call for sessions that review factors affecting physiological capacity, and physiological tolerance relevant to the environmental fluctuating conditions that animals experience over daily, seasonal and historical timescales.