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GLIN==> Biodiversity Symposium



Call For Contributed Presentations/Papers

Biodiversity Symposium: Scaling Up And Down In Aquatic Systems

Funded in part from an NSF Biocomplexity award, the symposium 
emphasizes scaling up and down in aquatic systems (ranging from ponds 
and lakes to marine coastal environments) and how ecosystem 
properties influence the biodiversity of planktonic communities.

The program emphasizes physical-chemical-biological couplings.  Are 
there alternative explanations for conventional beliefs, revealed by 
invoking processes that operate at more complex spatial and temporal 
scales?  For example, how strongly does stoichiometry influence food 
webs?  Has phenotypic induction of helmets and spines evolved as an 
adaptation to fluctuating predator pressures in local lakes, or as a 
long-term solution to colonization across a multi-predator landscape? 
To what degree is the enhanced diversity of larger lakes and coastal 
environments a consequence of metapopulation dynamics? Are large 
lakes sources and small ponds sinks
for species, or just the reverse? How do resting egg "seed banks" 
couple with pelagic populations?  What are the roles of disturbance 
regimes?  Do internally derived oscillations promote diversity? Is 
increased biodiversity in larger lakes and coastal marine 
environments a consequence of reduced interaction strength associated 
with greater dimensionality?

The symposium is scheduled for Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2002, at the Michigan 
League, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. The proceedings 
are being considered for a Special Issue of Limnology & Oceanography.

Contact W. Charles Kerfoot at kerfoot_aslo@mtu.edu for submission.

For a tentative program, registration and further information, see 
http://www.cms.housing.umich.edu/upcoming/biodiversity/

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Dr. W. Charles Kerfoot
Dept of Biological Sciences
1400 Townsend Drive
Michigan Technological University
Houghton MI 49931-1295
-- 
Colleen L. Vogler
Administrator
Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research
University of Michigan
2200 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-2099

Office:	734/764-2426
Fax:	734/647-0768
E-mail:	clv@engin.umich.edu

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