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14-18 Mars 2016 - Foresight EuroMarine workshop PlankDiv

The Foresight EuroMarine workshop PlankDivNouvelle fenêtre (Impact of climate change on functional and phylogenetic diversity of plankton) will be organized on 14-18 March 2016 at the Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche sur mer, France.

Official advertisement for the EuroMarine community will start mid-November 2015 and more information will follow.

Contact : Sakina-Dorothée Ayata


Brief presentation of the PlankDiv workshop

The Foresight EuroMarine workshop PlankDiv will focus on the "Impact of climate change on the distribution of plankton functional and phylogenetic diversity ». It aims at gathering expertise in species distribution models and ecological niche models, plankton biogeography, functional traits, and phylogeny to assess the impact of climate and climate change on plankton communities' structure and functioning.

The main objective of the workshop is to structure a EuroMarine consortium gathering specialists in the study of potential impacts of climate change on plankton diversity and specialists in marine ecosystem functioning, and to develop a joint proposal on future collaborative work. We will bring together specialists on European shelf seas, the North Atlantic and the global ocean to create synergies based on work at regional scale. The joint analysis of different ocean basins and shelf seas will allow for comparative work among different marine ecosystems (Mediterranean, North Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Barents Sea, Arctic Ocean, Antarctic Ocean), with a particular focus on: 1) the comparison of the drivers of plankton biogeography, 2) differences in plankton ecological niches, 3) potential links between ecosystem composition and ecosystem functioning, and 4) the vulnerability of marine ecosystems to climate change.

The use of species distribution models (SDM) for the investigation of the link between plankton ecosystem composition, ecosystem function and ecosystem service provision will be stressed out. One working group will be dedicated to the use of SDM for the description of present and future plankton biogeography and diversity. A second working group will study the functional and phylogenetic diversity of plankton communities, and its consequences for marine ecosystem function and service provision.
PlankDiv will also promote networking among early career researchers currently working on the impact of climate change on functional and phylogenetic diversity of plankton.