Climate Change and Species Interactions: Ways Forward

Conference by invitation only

Date: November 14-15, 2012
Location: Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies


Schedule and Discussion Groups

Schedule and Discussion Groups

The two-day conference will consist of a series of presentations in the mornings followed by breakout-group discussions in the afternoon.  We have organized the conference into four sessions with three to four 20-25-minute presentations in each.

Session 1

Beyond traditional models of climate change and species responses

  • New directions in process-based models: beyond autecology
    Speaker: Lauren Buckley
  • New directions in ecological niche models: can they be made more useful?
    Speaker: Rob Anderson
  • Hindcasting approaches - how do process-based or niche/envelope models fare when confronting paleontological or recent historical data?
    Speaker: Jack Williams

Session 2

Neglected issues in climate change/species interactions research

  • The importance of feedbacks between ecological and evolutionary processes: evolutionary responses to novel abiotic and biotic selection pressures and their effects on local abundance, species interactions and ecosystem function.
    Speaker: Andrew Gonzales
  • The importance of dispersal ability in affecting species and community responses to climate change.
    Speaker: Mark Urban
  • Effects of climate-induced community changes on ecosystem functioning and potential feedbacks to climate change.
    Speaker: Os Schmitz
  • The importance of reciprocal interactions between climate change and microbial communities.
    Speaker: Zack Johnson

Session 3

Ways forward: Concepts

  • Linking ecophysiology with interspecific interactions and community dynamics.
    Speaker: Chris Harley
  • How evolutionary history affects biotic responses to climate change.
    Speaker: Jessica Hellman
  • The role of metacommunity and metapopulation dynamics in affecting responses to climate change.
    Speaker: Mary O'Connor

Session 4

Ways forward: Approaches

  • The value of space-for-time substitutions in experimental and observation studies.
    Speaker: Janneke HilleRisLambers
  • Experimental approaches in a modeling platform: how can experimental and observational data streams be integrated?
    Speaker: Nate Sanders
  • Statistical advances in forecasting community response to climate change.
    Speaker: Elizabeth Holmes


Discussion groups

A critical component of the conference will be afternoon discussion groups. The goal of these break-out groups will be to engage discussion from all participants, promote interdisciplinary networking, and in some cases (see deliverables below) to generate papers.

In an effort to identify the most relevant topics for discussion based on ongoing (and often unpublished) research, we will ask invited participants to participate in a pre-conference brainstorming session on the conference website. Each discussion group will have an assigned facilitator and rapporteur. An afternoon or evening session on the second day will be devoted to presentations by rapporteurs and open discussion. Candidate topics for discussion groups include the following:

  • When are interspecific interactions critical for predicting species response to climate change?
  • When are interspecific interactions critical for predicting ecosystem response to climate change?
  • Predicting biotic responses to climate change: Data limitations (NEON focus).
  • Predicting biotic responses to climate change: Method limitations (NEON focus).

We encourage participants to suggest topics for discussion groups and to volunteer to facilitate or act as rapporteur.

Discussion Forum  >

Poster sessions

We will hold poster sessions during one or both evenings of the workshop. Non-speaking participants are invited to present posters and discuss their research with other attendees in an informal setting.

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