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Biogeography in the marine realm: past and present day factors affecting dispersal and distribution of European coastal species

Location: Tavira (Faro), Algarve, Portugal
Event Type: Workshop
Event Date: 2006-05-03    
End Date: 2006-05-05

Event Description:
the first workshop of GBIRM " Biogeography in the marine realm: past and present day factors affecting dispersal and distribution of European coastal species" , will take place in Faro (Algarve, Portugal), May 3rd - 5th. Participants are invited to arrive on 2nd and leave on 6th, since the meeting is planned for 3 full days.

The meeting will take place near Tavira (about 30 km from Faro), in the hotel Vila Galé Albacora. Reservation by email:

The hotel is located in the Natural Park of the Ria Formosa (a large coastal lagoon system). Rooms are "pre-booked" until March 15 only. We strongly recommend you to book your rooms as soon as possible since the hotel is quite isolated in the Natural Park, and having to choose another hotel will require you to rent a car to attend the meeting.

Please don't forget to mention that you are booking for the Marbef-GBIRM meeting, in order to get the negociated price ( single 54 €; Double 67.5 €).

Electronic registration will take place on the 1st March. URL will be given by e-mail. The price of registration includes all meals except dinners on the 2nd and the 5th.

The goals of the meeting are:

 Take decisions about the species to be included in the database for meta-analysis.
Guidelines for the choice of species:
-European, or at least widely present in Europe.
-Molecular markers must be available (comparative analyses should focus on comparable molecular markers).
-Should present an explicit interest for biogeographical and phylogeographical studies, allowing to answer particular questions or to test for specific hypothesis (refuge, contact, transition zones…).
-Extensive sampling & molecular data should preferably be already available, or at least by May 2007 in Tjärno for the second workshop.

 Setup the structure of the meta-analysis (most likely split in several meta-analyses; most likely, also, focused on biogeographic events & barriers-particular zones).

 Sampling:
-Define common sampling gaps where a joined effort would be necessary. Such as (mentioned in Marseille)
i) Northern African and Eastern Mediterranean coasts + Black Sea
ii) Northern Europe, Northwestern coasts of UK and Ireland.
iii) Some more regions should be added, or some sampled more extensively, depending on advice of the paleo-oceanographers that will be invited to the meeting.
-Explore the possibility of using GBIRM money to organize sampling trips, and the facilities offered via Marbef to contact other RMP/Themes/ People that may help in collecting some samples from remote locations.

 Complementary PhD fellow (IO UG –POL- Maciej WOLOWICZ ).

Contact email:

Event programme:
Attempt of pre-program:

Day 0: 02/05
19h: welcome cocktail at the Vila Galé Albacore, Tavira

Day 1: 03/05
9h-9h30: JP Féral: Introduction, outcomes of the kick-off meeting in Marseille (07/2004) and points to be addressed in this first workshop:
Individual communications (1 per participant institution) 15 min + 5 minutes questions:
9h30-11h: 4 communications
11h-11h30: Coffee break
11h30-13h: 4 communications
13h-14h30: lunch
14h30-16h: 4communications
16h-16h30: coffee break
16h30-18h: 4 communications
19H30: bus to the workshop dinner at the restaurant Pedras del Rei.

Day 2: 04/05
9h-11h: communication from the paleogeologists ( 20min+10 min questions)
11h00-11h30: coffee break
11h30-13h: discussions around the principal biogeographic questions to be addressed by a comparative meta-analysis.
Outcome: list of biogeographic hypothesis to be tested for.
13h-14h30: lunch
14h30-16h: Discussions around the choice of species. Has to be concluded before coffee break…
Outcome: list of species that will be included in the meta-analysis and sub-lists for each of the study determined according to the questions/hypothesis previously listed according to our usual data + the boundaries/particular zones underlined by the paleo-oceanographers.
16h-16h30: coffee break
16h30-18h: discussions around the choice of gaps in samplings, particularly those that may be relevant according to the paleo-oceanographers, and the choice of common sampling sites to be chosen.
Talk also about the logistic: how to use GBIRM money to do it.
19h30/20h-21h30: dinner- buffet
21h30: night session if necessary to conclude on the choice of species& the common sampling strategy.

Day 3: 05/05
9h-10h30: organization of the meta-analyses (how to split the data- logic behind the splitting = biogeographic?).
10h30-11h: coffee break
11h-12h: communications of “experts” on database management.
12h-13h: Discussion around the articulation of meta-analyses, and distribution of roles in the formatting of available data.
13h-15h: picnic
15h-16h30: general meeting around the redaction of outlines of the meta-analyses
16h30-17h: coffee break
17h-18h30: general (or split in several working groups corresponding to distinct meta-analysis) meeting around the redaction of outlines of the meta-analyses.

Collaborators and organisers:
GBIRM workshop - The organizing team
MAREE-Marine Ecology and Evolution ( )
Centro de Ciencias do Mar
Faculdade de Ciencias do Mar e Ambiente (F.C.M.A.)
Universidade do Algarve
Campus de Gambelas
P-8005-139 Faro, Portugal

Tel: (351) 289 800 900 ext 7336
Fax: (351) 289 818 353

Scientific Committee
Jean-Pierre FERAL (FR)
Jeanine OLSEN (NL)

Website url: 

Registration form: to be completed (1st March 2006)

Registration fee: 180 €

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: Yes

Event within Framework of MARBEF: WP4 - Functionality

Maximum number of participants: 50

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

Posted by feral on 2006-02-07 and approved by admin