The Predator-Prey Interactions GRS provides a unique forum for young doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to present their work, discuss new methods, cutting edge ideas, and pre-published data, as well as to build collaborative relationships with their peers. Experienced mentors and trainee moderators will facilitate active participation in scientific discussion to allow all attendees to be engaged participants rather than spectators.
The study of predator-prey interactions tends to occur either at ecological (e.g., How does a prey defend itself against one instance of attack? How does the presence of predators change prey habitat usage?) or evolutionary timescales (e.g., How do prey phenotypes adapt to avoid predation?). Bridging the conceptual gap between proximate and ultimate explanations within the field will require synthesis across approaches. Collaborations are needed between scientists conducting longitudinal observational field studies, those developing novel in situ approaches, those conducting lab-based experiments, those collecting sequencing data, and those specializing in ecological and evolutionary modeling. Early career researchers are often at the forefront of shaping novel lenses within the field, and we, therefore, expect this GRS to be an excellent opportunity for us to gain inspiration from each other and cultivate new interdisciplinary collaborations.
In the spirit of bridging divides, our career panel for the 2024 meeting will center on how we develop and discuss our research with a range of audiences. The panel and discussion will focus on enhancing the reach, creativity, and impact of research on Predator-Prey Interactions by early career researchers on diverse career paths.
The seminar consists of two half-day sessions, including a keynote lecture, talks and posters by early career researchers, and a discussion panel. The seminar occurs prior to the full Gordon Research Conference.
The seminar will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS, either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.
The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by October 22, 2023. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.