SEB Gothenburg 2017 Session Report: Climate change and aquatic life

01 Oct 2017 - By: Manuela Truebano Garcia and Lucy Turner

SEB Gothenburg 2017 Session Report: Climate change and aquatic life - effects of multiple drivers, from molecules to populations

Organised by: Lucy Turner (Plymouth University, UK), Guy Claireaux (Universite de Bretagne Occidentale, France) & Manuela Truebano Garcia (Plymouth University, UK)


This session was underpinned by research aimed at integrating physiology (both at the molecular and whole organism level) into understanding the way in which organisms cope with changes in their environment, and their potential for rapid evolutionary adaptations, occurring in time scales relevant in the context of climate change. One emerging theme, cited by multiple speakers is the importance of transgenerational experiments for this, taking into account the interplay between plasticity, epigenetics and parental phenotype. Phenomics, the interaction between genotype and environment, was also highlighted as a growing and exciting direction for our field. We were also reminded of the importance of both laboratory experiments that allow for the careful control of experimental conditions, as well as large scale ecological studies of individuals and/or populations for our ongoing understanding of the impact of global stressors on aquatic organisms. 

In terms of the future of the field, we are now beginning to go further and use our understanding in conservation physiology, making predictions about changes in organisms, leading to population level responses, and using these predictions to improve management and conservation practices. 



Author: Manuela Truebano Garcia and Lucy Turner
Category: Events