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Unifying Ecology Across Scales (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Understanding Drivers of Biological Systems by Integrating Metabolism, Physiology, and Macroecology


July 19-20, 2014


University of New England
Biddeford, ME


Sarah R. Supp

Associate Chair:
Sarah E. Diamond

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Unifying Ecology Across Scales is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is to spark a discussion among ecologists on connections across scales, disciplines, and approaches by integrating lessons from metabolism, physiology, and macroecology. Topics include, but are not limited to: organismal physiology, metabolism, population biology, community and ecosystem ecology, evolutionary biology, biogeography, stoichiometry, macroecology, macrophysiology, and macrosystems biology. As ecology is becoming increasingly collaborative and interdisciplinary, the overarching goal of the symposium is to foster new collaborative interactions by highlighting connections between themes and approaches of diverse ecological subdisciplines.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Unifying Ecology Across Scales" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

1:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmUnifying Ecological Mechanisms and Patterns Across Scales
Discussion Leaders: Joseph Burger (University of New Mexico) and Sarah Diamond (Case Western Reserve University)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmOfir Levy (Arizona State University)
"To Simplify or Unify: How Many Details Can Macroecologists Ignore?"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmNutrients, Metabolism and Physiology
Discussion Leaders: Elizabeth Trevenen (University of Western Australia) and Michael Angiletta (Arizona State University)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmZachary Brym (Utah State University)
"Evaluating Scaling Relationships of Branching Structure and Biomass Partitioning in Managed Orchard Fruit Species"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmMatthew Malishev (University of Melbourne)
"Modelling Movement Mechanisms: Individual-Based Approaches to Energy, Heat, and Water Use by Animals in Time and Space"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmAnusha Shankar (Stony Brook University)
"Field-Based Physiological Ecology: A Key Component in Forecasting Species Distributions"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmJessica Corman (Arizona State University)
"Calcium Carbonate Deposition: A Geochemical Constraint on Nutrient Bioavailability?"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amSpecies Interactions and Diversity
Discussion Leaders: Jean Philippe Gibert (University of Nebraska Lincoln) and Morgan Ernest (Utah State University)
9:00 am - 9:20 amKevin Healy (Trinity College)
"A Tail of Two Extremes; Energetics and Evolution of Extreme Body Sizes in Theropods and Marine Filter Feeding Predators"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amAlison Barner (Oregon State University)
"Scaling and Spatial Patterns of Species Co-Occurrence in a Rocky Intertidal Meta-Community"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amJunwen Guo (Umea University)
"Do Multi-Trophic Food Webs Challenge the Nutrient Cycle from Bi-Trophic Models?"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amJessica Coyle (University of North Carolina)
"Do More Niches or Better Niches Promote Species Richness? Insight from Local and Regional Drivers of Lichen Diversity Across U.S. Forests"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session II
Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMacroecology and Evolution
Discussion Leaders: Daniel McGlinn (Utah State University) and Sarah Supp (Stony Brook University)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmNatalie Wright (University of New Mexico)
"Metabolic 'Engines' of Flight Drive Genome Size Reduction in Birds"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmAntonin Machac (Stony Brook University)
"Evolutionary Course and Ecological Controls of Mammalian Diversification"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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