Posted by: chrislortie | July 4, 2013

Intecol 2013 special symposium: The diversity of diversity studies: retrospectives and future directions.

The Nordic Society has put together a special symposium for the upcoming Intecol meeting.  We hope to see you all there and that you will find it an interesting set of talks.  It is a double session on Tuesday August 20th in the morning. The full programme details will be available by the end of July apparently.

Goals of the diversity symposium

The primary objective of this symposium to highlight the breadth of diversity studies, both empirical and theoretical, with an eye to promoting novelty and identifying research gaps for the next 100 years.  Ancillary goals that will be addressed to meet this overarching objective include the following.

(i) To critically examine scale as it relates to understanding ecological and evolutionary processes that shape patterns of diversity.

(ii) To develop a clear set of directions for future studies of diversity that augment species diversity estimates with genetics in spatial landscapes.

(iii) To describe pivotal concepts and relationships that limit our capacity to effectively use and measure diversity and how it has changed and will change in the future and propose solutions.

(iv) To identify the critical species and places that anchor diversity studies and enhance diversity in changing climate.

The line-up of speakers is very extensive, and the second column in each table lists the allotted time.  We designed the first session to cover mover ground quickly and directly and the second session provides a bit more time for their respective topics.

Session 1 chaired by Jens-Christian Svenning

Dr Richard Michalet The contribution of local-scale facilitative interactions to community diversity and composition

15

Dr Carlos Melian Connecting diversification and biodiversity dynamics across spatial scales

15

Mr Tadashi Fukami Spatial scale and the historical contingency in community assembly as a source of beta diversity

15

Dr Brody Sandel Patterns of diversity across scales: Challenges and opportunities

15

Dr Hanna Tuomisto A critical look at the diversity of diversity: do we know what we are talking about?

15

Dr Pedro Peres-Neto Spatial autocorrelation, metacommunities, and null models: the thrills of diversity

15

Dr Franz Uiblein Widely distributed species versus species complexes in the oceans: where to go towards management of species-rich resources and habitats?

15

Summary by Chair

15

Session 2 chaired Christopher Lortie 

Dr W. Daniel Kissling Multi-species interactions across trophic levels at macroscales: retrospective and future directions

30

Mr Matthias Schleuning Integrating functional and interaction diversity into biodiversity-ecosystem function research

30

Dr Lonnie Aarssen Evolution and the sizes and numbers of species:  unpacking the diversity of vegetation

30

Dr Christian Schöb Global patterns of β-diversity along alpine gradients point to locally changing drivers of community assembly – but only in the absence of foundation species

15

Dr Christopher Lortie Diversity versus interactions: are diverse groups more important than large effects?

15

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