dimanche 13 novembre 2016
Symposium on Behavioural Responses to environmental change
We are very pleased to draw your attention to a session at SETAC Europe 2017 with the title: Unravelling behavioural responses to human - induced environmental change. The session is part of the main track: Ecotoxicology becomes stress ecology (from populations to ecosystems and landscapes). The meeting is held in Brussels, Belgium 7-11 May 2017. Details about submitting a proposal are available on the meeting website https://brussels.setac.org/. The deadline for abstract submission is 23 November 2016. We hope to receive many fascinating abstracts and offer a platform to experts from different disciplines and career stages.
We are looking forward to a fruitful meeting in Brussels.
Minna Saaristo, Kathryn Arnold, Tomas Brodin
Unravelling behavioural responses to human - induced environmental change
Chairs: Minna Saaristo, Kathryn Arnold, Tomas Brodin
Today, almost all organisms on Earth live in habitats modified by the actions of humans. Legislators and the media often focus on death or severe reproductive malfunctions. However, animals that fail to forage efficiently, avoid predators or attract mates will accrue zero fitness. Many studies show human-induced effects on behaviour that are predicted to affect fitness. For example, pharmaceuticals and endocrine disrupting chemicals in the environment can alter reproductive and foraging performance. Recently, it has been suggested that personality might play an important role in population-level adaptation to new or shifting environments. Behaviour, therefore, provides a sensitive, non-lethal biomarker of responses to environmental change, which in turn provides a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying behavioural variation. The main objective of this session is to offer a platform to experts from different disciplines and career stages who will provide insights into the behavioural responses of animals to environmental change with an emphasis on chemical pollutants. We will focus on studies conducted at environmentally relevant concentrations and unravel behavioural end-points that are ecologically and evolutionarily relevant to fitness.