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Metabolic Basis of Ecology
Gordon Research Conference

Metabolic Basis of Ecology and Evolution
Note: This conference is currently known as "Unifying Ecology Across Scales".

Dates

July 18-23, 2010

Location

University of New England
Biddeford, ME

Organizers

Chairs:
Brian J. Enquist & David Atkinson

Vice Chairs:
James J. Elser & Melanie E. Moses

Meeting Description

Metabolism shapes, evolves in response to, and is shaped by ecology. This conference focuses on how the cellular processes of metabolism, broadly defined, relate to phenomena across many levels of organization. Metabolism determines the rate of exchange of energy and materials with the environment and the rate of allocation of these resources to all components of the life history: maintenance, growth and reproduction. Metabolic rate also relates directly or indirectly to molecular evolution, rates of speciation and extinction, and patterns in species diversity. In this conference we will include physiological, biomechanical, ecosystem, and evolutionary viewpoints; and the invited speakers will present research ranging upwards in physical scale from the molecular level, to single cells, to multicellular organisms, to ecosystems and the entire globe. The overarching goal is to foster new collaborative interactions that will help us to move towards a more complete understanding of the metabolic laws that govern the structure and function of living organisms and the communities and ecosystems in which they reside.

Meeting Program

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmMETABOLISM, ECOLOGY, AND EVOLUTION
Discussion Leaders: Brian Enquist (University of Arizona, The Santa Fe Institute) and David Atkinson (University of Liverpool, UK)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pm Mark Westoby (Macquarie University, Australia)
"Toward a Metabolic and Functional Basis to a Predictive Ecology and Evolutionary Biology"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pm Discussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pm Nick Lane (University College of London, UK)
"The Evolution and Implications of Metabolism"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMECHANISTIC FOUNDATIONS
Discussion Leader: Antony Dean (University of Minnesota)
9:00 am - 9:10 am Antony Dean (University of Minnesota)
"Introduction: Mechanisms"
9:10 am - 9:50 am John Doyle (California Institute of Technology)
"The Organization of Metabolic Networks and Machinery"
9:50 am - 10:10 am Discussion
10:10 am - 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Andrew Allen (Macquarie University, Australia)
"Integrating Metabolic Scaling Theory and Stoichiometry"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Mary Ann Moran (University of Georgia)
"Fundamental Drivers of Metabolic Diversity of Bacteria"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmRESOURCES AND METABOLIC ECOLOGY / EVOLUTION
Discussion Leader: Robert W. Sterner (University of Minnesota)
7:30 pm - 7.40 pm Robert W. Sterner (University of Minnesota)
"Overview of a Resource and Stoichiometric Approach"
7:40 pm - 8.20 pm Elizabeth T. Borer (University of Oregon)
"The Stoichiometry of Communities and Ecosystems"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pm Discussion
8:35 pm - 9.15 pm Jon Harrison (Arizona State University)
"Resource Limitation of Insect Size and Ecology: A Metabolic Perspective"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmREGULATION OF METABOLIC SYSTEMS ACROSS SCALES
Discussion Leader: John Harte (University of California, Berkeley)
9:00 am - 9:10 am John Harte (University of California, Berkeley)
"Overview of Regulation of Metabolic Systems"
9:10 am - 9:50 am Eric Smith (The Santa Fe Institute)
"Origins of Metabolic Organization and Regulation"
9:50 am - 10:10 am Discussion
10:10 am - 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Morgan Ernest (Utah State University)
"Zero-Sum Energetics and Dynamics in Ecosystems"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Tim Lenton (University of East Anglia, UK)
"Metabolic Regulation of the Biosphere"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmA METABOLIC TRAIT BASIS FOR ECOLOGY / EVOLUTION
Discussion Leader: Van Savage (University of California, Los Angeles)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pm Van Savage (University of California, Los Angeles)
"Overview"
7:40 pm - 7:55 pm Jens Kattge (Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry)
"Refining plant functional classification for ecosystem and earth system modeling"
7:55 pm - 8:03 pm Discussion
8:03 pm - 8:23 pm James Stegen (University of North Carolina)
"Predicting Metabolism-Dependent Trait Diversity Through Time and Space"
8:23 pm - 8:35 pm Discussion
8:35 pm - 9.15 pm Elena Litchman (Michigan State University)
"Integrating Stoichiometry, Size- and Trait-based Approaches"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmMETABOLIC ECOLOGY / EVOLUTION AND THE THERMAL ENVIRONMENT
Discussion Leader: Jamie Gillooly (University of Florida)
9:00 am - 9:10 am Jamie Gillooly (University of Florida)
"Overview: Metabolic Ecology and the Thermal Environment"
9:10 am - 9:50 am Andrew Clarke (British Antarctic Survey, UK)
"Temperature, Energetics and the Metabolic Niche"
9:50 am - 10:10 am Discussion
10:10 am - 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Ray Huey (University of Washington)
"Temperature, Metabolism, and the Evolution of Morphology, Performance, and Fitness"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm David Storch (Charles University, Czech Republic)
"Thermal and Energetic Controls on Biodiversity"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session II
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
(Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMETABOLIC BASIS OF A PREDICTIVE GLOBAL CHANGE SCIENCE
Discussion Leader: Sandra Díaz (Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina)
7:30 pm - 7.40 pm Sandra Díaz (Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina)
"Overview: Toward a Predictive Ecology and Global Change Biology"
7:40 pm - 8.20 pm Ken Andersen (Technical University of Denmark)
"Toward a Metabolic Basis of a Predictive Marine Fisheries"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pm Discussion
8:35 pm - 9.15 pm Paul Moorcroft (Harvard University)
"Toward a Metabolic Basis for Predicting Terrestrial Ecosystem Behavior"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmENERGETICS OF HIGHER LEVELS OF ORGANIZATION
Discussion Leader: Michael Kaspari (University of Oklahoma)
9:00 am - 9:10 am Michael Kaspari (University of Oklahoma)
"Overview: Metabolic Controls on Higher levels of Organization"
9:10 am - 9:50 am Anna Dornhaus (University of Arizona)
"Energetics of Societies, Social Insects, and Superorganisms"
9:50 am - 10:10 am Discussion
10:10 am - 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Jennifer Dunne (The Santa Fe Institute)
Energetic Controls on the Organization and Dynamics of Trophic Networks
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Geerat J. Vermeij (University of California, Davis)
Energetic Controls on Macroevolution
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session II
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmTHE FUTURE OF METABOLIC ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION
Discussion Leader: Carlos Martinez del Rio (University of Wyoming)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm Geoffrey West (The Santa Fe Institute)
"Toward a General Metabolic Theory of Biological Organization and Evolutionary Dynamics"
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm Robert Ricklefs (University of Missouri, St. Louis)
"The Future of Metabolic and Life History Based Approaches in Ecology, Evolution, and Global Change Biology"
8:30 pm - 8:50 pm Carlos Martinez del Rio (University of Wyoming)
"Challenges, New Vistas, and Future Directions"
8:50 pm - 9:30 pm General Discussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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