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Marine Molecular Ecology
Gordon Research Conference

Impacts of Water Quality and Climate Change on Marine Life


July 23-28, 2017


The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong, China Site Information


Stanley Lau & Curtis Suttle

Vice Chairs:
Madeleine van Oppen & Qinglu Zeng

Hong Kong Advisory Board:
Tony F. Chan, Kathryn Song Eng Cheah, Fanny M.C. Cheung, Arthur B. Ellis, Barry Halliwell, Nancy Ip, Jian Lu, Peter Mathieson, Alfonso Ngan, Paul Tam, Benjamin Wah, Henry Wong, Vivian Wing-Wah Yam, Kenneth Young & Albert Cheung-Hoi Yu More Information

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 25, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

This meeting will focus on the impacts of water quality and climate change on marine organisms (from microbes to metazoans) and marine ecosystems (from shallow water to deep sea). Presentation and discussion of current findings will include, but are not limited to, the use of molecular tools to decipher the ecological consequences of the changing marine environment, and the mechanisms behind the physiological and behavioral response of marine organisms to anthropogenic stressors.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Marine Molecular Ecology" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by March 23, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Environmental Change and Holobionts
    (Linda Blackall / Tilmann Harder)
  • Microbial Interactions
    (Feng Chen / Steven Wilhelm)
  • Threats to Marine Biodiversity
    (Madeleine van Oppen / Peter Steinberg)
  • Genomic Adaptations and Epigenetic Mechanisms
    (Pei-Yuan Qian / Timothy Ravasi)
  • Invasive Species Under Climate Change
    (Stanley Lau / Melania Cristescu)
  • Molecular Diagnosis of Organismal Responses to Environmental Stressors
    (Gray Williams / Vengatesen Thiyagarajan)
  • eDNA as a Tool to Study Ecosystem Change
    (Curtis Suttle / Matthew Barnes)
  • The Value of Molecular Ecology for Marine Conservation and Restoration
    (Jian-Wen Qiu / Sophie von der Heyden)
  • Impacts on Seasonality and Diurnality of Marine Organisms
    (Qinglu Zeng / Jed Fuhrman)
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