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NAEM 2018 - Overview of proposed parallel sessions

Below, you will find a live overview of the proposed parallel sessions for the 2018 NAEM Meeting. If you do nto yet see your preferred topic of interested listed below, and if you are keen on organising such a session yourself, then please submit your session proposal here. The deadline for submission of parallel session proposals is Wednesday 25 October 2017. Soon after the deadline has passed, the parallel sessions will be selected by the organising committee of NAEM 2018, and accordingly, they will be made public on this website. After that, the call for oral presentations in the selected parallel sessions will open. So please keep an eye on this website!!

  1. A methodological consensus to better understand soil biodiversity, their function and interaction with plants- what we know and
    Conveners: Stefan Geisen (Netherlands Institute of Ecology; Terrestrial Ecology), G. Arjen de Groot (Wageningen Environmental Research, Wageningen UR), and ( )
    Session highlight: Overall knowledge on soil biodiversity has exploded thanks to molecular techniques. However, this predominantly counts for microorganisms, for which most functions remain unknown. Despite pivotal functions in soils, this molecular revolution has largely omitted soil animals. We will provide an overview of the entire taxonomic biodiversity in soils, their functional roles in soil food webs and interactions with plants, present state-of-the-art methodologies and illustrate future research highlights, that bridge soil science to other scientific fields.
  2. Bringing back biodiversity in agriculture – insights from ecology
    Conveners: Raymond Klaassen (Conservation Ecology Group, GELIFES, University of Groningen), David Kleijn (Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation, Department of Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University ), and ( )
    Session highlight: We are currently experiencing a biodiversity crisis in agriculture. This includes the loss of ecological processes that benefit agriculture ('ecosystem services’), which further increases the need for fertilizers and pesticides. Also from society there is a wish for an alternative farming system in which biodiversity thrives. This session highlights recent findings about (conserving) biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. We welcome contributions with an agricultural (e.g. ecosystem services) as well as conservation (e.g. countering biodiversity losses) focus.
  3. From Causes to Ecological Consequences of Sea Level Rise & Climate Change
    Conveners: Aimee B.A. Slangen (NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Dep.Estuarine & Delta Systems, and Utrecht University), Tjisse van der Heide (Aquatic Ecology and Environmental Biology, Radboud University Nijmegen), and Tjeerd J. Bouma (NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, DepEstuarine & Delta Systems, and Utrecht University; University of Groningen)
    Session highlight: In this session, we will assess the influence of climate change and sea-level change on ecosystem dynamics and persistence. We want to address the questions: i) Can ecosystems adapt fast enough to climate change, ii) how does this depend on the drivers of climate change and iii) may there be interactions between changing physical settings and ecosystem dynamics? We aim to interest scientists working on both the causes and the consequences.
  4. Functional networks in ecology
    Conveners: Emilia Hannula (Terrestrial Ecology (TE), Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)), Elly Morriën (Ecosystem and Landscape Dynamics (ELD), Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), University of Amsterdam (UvA)), and ( )
    Session highlight: Networks provide ecologists an overview of complex interactions. To understand how ecosystems work, we need to know who interacts with whom and how does the change in interactions affect ecosystem function. In this session we want to bring together different fields that work on functional or structural characterisation of communities of above- and belowground terrestrial, freshwater or marine ecosystems with a focus on using networks to cross pollinate ideas and methods to advance community science.
  5. Ecological stoichiometry: Alterations through environmental change and impacts on organisms and ecosystems
    Conveners: Harry Olde Venterink (Department of Biology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Vanessa Minden (Institute of Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Oldenburg), and Judith Sitters (Departments of Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW))
    Session highlight: The stoichiometry of biologically important elements, such as carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, influences processes on scales ranging from cells to ecosystems, and affects composition of plant, animal and microbial communities and their interactions. Environmental change (e.g., rising CO2 or N deposition) can have profound ecological effects by altering stoichiometric relationships. We will bring together scientists working on ecological stoichiometry at scales ranging from cells to ecosystems and in ecosystems ranging from aquatic to terrestrial.
  6. Animal Movement Ecology
    Conveners: Allert Bijleveld (NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research), Judy Shamoun-Baranes (University of Amsterdam), and ( )
    Session highlight: Movement is fundamental to organismal life and a crucial component of almost any ecological and evolutionary process. With this session, we aim to provide a platform to discuss the causes and consequences of animal movement at varying spatiotemporal scales.
  7. Unifying principles in ecology and beyond
    Conveners: Koen Siteur (Department of Estuarine and Delta Systems, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)), Valerie Reijers (Department of Aquatic Ecology and Environmental Biology, Institute for Water and Wetland Research, Radboud University Nijmegen), and Maarten Eppinga (Department of Environmental Sciences, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University)
    Session highlight: In this session we will try to draw parallels between different research directions within ecology and between ecology and other fields. Can ecologists use methods and/or findings from other fields, such as mathematics, physics and chemistry, to explain ecological phenomena? How can we explain similar dynamics of very different ecosystems? We welcome speakers that do research on the interface of ecology and other disciplines, or that apply techniques and methods from other fields to ecological problems.
  8. Biotic interactions of exotic species
    Conveners: Kadri Koorem (University of Tartu, Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences; Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO), Terrestrial Ecology ), Kelly S. Ramirez (Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO), Terrestrial Ecology), and ( )
    Session highlight: The movement of exotic species outside their native range, whether from human-assisted migration or climate-warming driven range expansion, is not expected to slow. In all ecosystems, from aquatic to terrestrial, and for all taxonomic groups, the establishment of exotic species is influenced by interactions with the native biota. In this session, we will bring together researchers, who are exploring the biotic interactions of exotic species and their consequences.
  9. Soil functional diversity and sustainable agriculture
    Conveners: Simone Weidner (Ecology and Biodiversity, Institute of Environmental Biology, Utrecht University), Pilar Puentes-Tellez (Ecology and Biodiversity, Institute of Environmental Biology, Utrecht University), and ( )
    Session highlight: Soils harbour an enormous diversity of organisms. Beyond knowing who they are, the next challenge is to understand the complex interplay between them and the services they provide to the ecosystem. Understanding the functional potential of belowground organisms can lead to the development of more sustainable agricultural solutions. We welcome speakers working at any aspect of the spectrum between soil functional diversity and sustainability.
  10. Monitoring diversity: Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) and beyond
    Conveners: W. Daniel Kissling (Department Theoretical and Computational Ecology, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), University of Amster), Rob H. G. Jongman (Wageningen University and Research and JongmanEcology), and ( )
    Session highlight: The concept of Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) was introduced to structure biodiversity monitoring globally, and to harmonize a minimum set of biodiversity variables. It follows the approach of Essential Climate Variables developed for global harmonisation of climate observation systems. In this session, we provide an overview of the history, methods, technologies and applications of the concept, and welcome examples from traditional in situ field surveys, citizen science, sensor networks, DNA-based techniques and UAV/satellite remote sensing.
  11. Ecophysiology: Mechanisms of Plant-Environment Interaction
    Conveners: Eric Visser (Experimental Plant Ecology, Radboud University Nijmegen), Ronald Pierik (Plant Ecophysiology, Utrecht University), and ( )
    Session highlight: Plants display great plasticity and adaptation to optimise their growth and reproduction in a variety of adverse environmental conditions. Responses to such environmental stress are regulated by molecular mechanisms that are better understood than ever. This session highlights recent advances in this field, with particular focus on how different environmental stresses may interact at the level of response regulation.
  12. How resilient are our ecosystems against extreme climatic events? Assessing ecosystem resilience and taking action!
    Conveners: Lisette de Senerpont Domis (Aquatic Ecology, Netherlands Institute of Ecology), Margaret Armstrong (Aquatic Ecology, Netherlands Institute of Ecology), and Cleo N. Stratmann (Aquatic Ecology, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
    Session highlight: Extreme climatic events (ECEs), a result of the shifting climate, often result in prolonged degradation of ecosystems. Assessing the effects of ECEs and developing system resilience on different spatio-temporal scales will be key in the sustainable management of our resources. This session focuses on resilience assessment methodologies in the face of ECEs and possible management actions. We welcome contributions across all types of ecosystems and encourage multidisciplinary discussions.
  13. Ecology of pathogen-host-community interactions of vector-borne pathogens
    Conveners: Maarten Schrama (Conservation Biology, Institute of Environmental Sciences), Quirine Astrid ten Bosch (Institut Pasteur), and Yin Shenglai (Resourse Ecology, Wageningen)
    Session highlight: Improved understanding of vector-borne pathogens (VBP) is essential for mitigating threats to human and veterinary health. Spread of pathogens is governed by a complex interplay between environmental drivers, vector ecology, and host-pathogen-interactions. It is increasingly recognized that, to reduce the ‘pathogenicity of landscapes’, we need a holistic understanding of all levels of the transmission cycle. This session aims to unite and synthesize research on interactions between vectors, pathogens and ecosystems, ultimately leading to policy recommendations.
  14. Understanding Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics with Experimental Evolution
    Conveners: Cyrus A. Mallon (University of Groningen), Karen Bisschop (University of Gent/University of Groningen), and Daniel E. Rozen (Leiden University)
    Session highlight: Experimental evolution is a powerful tool that allows one to observe the real-time feedback between ecological and evolutionary dynamics. Different model species and systems including microbes, plants, and arthropods have been experimentally evolved under controlled conditions to gain insights into diverse eco-evolutionary phenomena, ranging from kin selection and cooperation to life history evolution and sex allocation. This session highlights the power of experimental evolution to elucidate the intimate feedbacks between ecology and evolution.
  15. Dispersal Ecology
    Conveners: Wouter Vansteelant (Bioeconomy Research Team, Novia University of Applied Sciences & Theoretical and Computational Ecology, University of Amsterdam), Jelle Treep (Ecology and biodiversity, Utrecht University), and ( )
    Session highlight: Dispersal greatly determines how populations respond to anthropogenic induced change, such as climate change, habitat loss and fragmentation. Species´ adaptive potential may differ depending on whether they disperse through active movement and advection by wind, water or other organisms. We aim to bring together model- and data-driven research to unravel how endogenous and external factors shape dispersal and population dynamics.
  16. Learning from big data in microbial ecology
    Conveners: Leo Lahti (Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Turku, Finland), Karoline Faust (Laboratory of Molecular Bacteriology, KU Leuven, Belgium), and ( )
    Session highlight: Modern measurement techniques have transformed our ability to monitor vast microbial ecosystems at a deep phylogenetic resolution. The rapidly increasing scale of the analyses has created new opportunities for studying microbial variation in various habitats such as the human body, buildings, soil, oceans, and other environments. This session focuses on topical challenges in contemporary microbial ecology with a particular focus on ecological and statistical models of community composition and dynamics in high-throughput studies.
  17. Integrating drivers of decomposition across time and space
    Conveners: Hans Cornelissen (Department of Ecological Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Joost Keuskamp (Department of Ecology & Biodiversity, Utrecht University), and Marta Manrubia-Freixa (Department of Terrestrial Ecology, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO))
    Session highlight: Decomposition is a crucial ecosystem function. Plant traits, the decomposer community and the decomposition environment shape early and late stages of decomposition. Unraveling the relative contribution of these drivers and their interactions across temporal and spatial scales is key to improving our understanding of decomposition. This session welcomes empirical or theoretical research on decomposition that addresses research gaps in this field.