Mechanisms and factors that influence biodiversity can be addressed in a wide range of taxa with different research angles. Thereby the focus can range from individual responses to population dynamics and up to community assembly. In this session, we aim to integrate research from all these levels to broaden our understanding of how biodiversity is maintained and shaped.
Keynote Speaker: Dries Bonte (Ghent University, Belgium)
The need of life to disperse leads to curious phenomena such as the colonization of Hawaiian Islands by ballooning spiders, or the presence of microorganisms in the upper troposphere. While their active dispersal seems to be limited in space by their small size, “tiny organisms”, and other propagules, can passively travel long distances with vectors like currents, birds or even car tires and hand-shakes. The implications of such a striking potential dispersal capacity on biodiversity are still under vivid examination. In this session we will discuss how diversity patterns emerge under the effect of local and regional processes, spanning from unicellular to complex organisms.
Keynote Speaker: Diego Fontaneto (CNR-ISE, Verbania, Italy)
Individual movements – including foraging, dispersal, and migration – span a wide range in space and time. The realized movement paths depend on internal factors such as motivational state and life-history stages of an animal, as well as external factors such as interactions with other individuals and the underlying landscape structures. In this session, we are going to discuss bottom-up effects of individual movements on overall population dynamics and biodiversity.
Keynote speaker: Wayne Getz (UC Berkeley, USA)
Large parts of the earth’s surface are covered by anthropogenic landscapes such as farmland, pastures and urban areas, which are embedded in (semi-)natural habitat remains. Various organisms live and survive in these landscape mosaics. But these landscapes are also subject to constant change in both, space and time. In this session we want to contribute to a better understanding of how landscape structure influences ecological patterns as well as processes.
Keynote Speaker: Nina Farwig (Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany)
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