EVOLTREE Online Seminar Series 2021 on "Adaptation to Climate Change"
A series of virtual events featuring leading experts in research on climate change adaptation - both in forest trees and other organisms. The series will be an opportunity to hear the latest from relevant scientists in the field, exchange ideas and discuss potential collaborations and projects.
Programme (Wednesday mornings/afternoons)
14th April 2021, 11:00-12:30 CEST: Ary Hoffmann: ‘Building genetic resilience in a rapidly changing world’
Prof Ary Hoffman, Melbourne University, Australia, works on adaptation to rapid environmental changes in a range of species, developing ways of incorporating evolutionary approaches when making predictions about adaptive capacity and when predicting species distribution shifts under climate change. In particular, he focuses on environmental stress adaptation in invertebrates, using results to develop integrated pest control options for the grain industries.
21st April 2021, 16:30-18.00 CEST: Ophélie Ronce ‘Integrating niche evolution with life history theory can help us better understand the consequences of climate change’
Dr Ophélie Ronce, University of Montpellier, France, studies the role that evolution plays in the response of biodiversity to global changes. Primarily a theorist, using mathematical models and simulations, Dr Ronce collaborates with empiricists to test concepts of adaptation to environmental change in plants, animals and micro-organisms. She was President of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) 2019-2021.
5th May 2021, 16:30-18.00 CEST: Moisés Expósito-Alonso: “Locally-adaptive mutations and their relevance for climate change ecology”
Prof Moisés Expósito-Alonso, Carnegie Institute for Science & Stanford University, California, studies whether and how plants will evolve to keep pace with climate change, using large-scale ecological and genome sequencing experiments with Arabidopsis thaliana as a model system.
12th May 2021, 1630 CEST: Stephen Palumbi: “Ocean species and their capacity to adapt to climate change – stories from corals and caves”
Prof Palumbi, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, studies evolutionary biology in marine organisms, in particular how they adapt to human-induced pressures such as climate change. As well as primary research, Prof Palumbi addresses practical issues concerning the protection of marine biodiversity and has worked extensively to communicate research findings to a wide audience through books, tv and film.
Registration: Please, register here.
The seats in the live sessions are limited to 150. All those registered participants who will not make it to the virtual room because of the limited places are invited to follow the seminar on the EVOLTREE YouTube channel. All seminars will be also available on this channel afterwards, together with the recorded discussions.