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3rd Biennial conference of the International Biogeography Society

Location: Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain)
Event Type: Meeting
Event Date: 2007-01-09    
End Date: 2007-01-13

Event Description:
The 3rd Biennial conference of IBS is supported by MarBEF. Each member-institute can book the costs of travel, subsistence and symposium fee of 1 participant up to a maximum of 1,000 Euro on their MarBEF account.

Five symposia will address recent advances in key areas of biogeographic research (see Event Programme) including diverse methods and theory with applications to understanding modern patterns of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Of special relevance, is a symposium focusing on the critical concept of connectivity in marine systems.

The modern distribution of marine species has been strongly affected by glacial and interglacial events during the Pleistocene that likely promoted alternating periods of vicariance and dispersal (respectively). In cold temperate regions, glacial and interglacial events also forced southward contraction then allowed northward expansion of species ranges. Thus periods of increased isolation and range contraction alternating with periods favoring dispersal and range expansion have created a complex temporal and spatial mosaic of species histories. These histories are recorded, in part, in patterns of genetic variation among populations and, in part, in fossil and subfossil records of species distributions and paleoenvironments.

Our goal is to integrate molecular and paleontological information, including paleoceanography, to understand post-Pliocene factors influencing 'connectivity' (a term used to describe the continuum from isolation to panmixis) in marine taxa. A team of international researchers will provide syntheses describing the history of coastal and oceanic marine species including fossil-forming taxa such as foraminifera, molluscs, and fishes, and soft-bodied invertebrates and algae. Issues we seek to clarify include: (1) How integrating molecular and paleontological data improve reconstruction of the biogeographic histories of marine species and mutually enrich these oftentimes separate disciplines; (2) whether fossil-forming taxa can act as good models for interpreting the evolutionary histories of soft-bodied organisms; (3) what are the shared (or distinguishing) evolutionary histories of various taxa and geographic regions? (4) what we can learn of the historical ecologies of species? The lessons from these syntheses that will improve our ability to understand and predict outcomes of future climate change.

The symposium will present an up-to-date overview of marine biogeography and lead to an objective (preliminary) schema for classifying the historical, physical and biological factors that contribute to biogeographic transitions in the seas. We expect this approach will shed new light on old problems such as how, in a medium in continuous motion like the sea, biogeographic patterns are formed in organisms with apparently long-lived dispersal phases and, conversely, why some organisms with apparently limited dispersal potential have very broad geographic ranges. The symposium will improve understanding of the forces that generate and maintain marine biodiversity on geological timescales.

Registration costs
Registration costs are US$155-US$340 (including IBS membership) depending on status and date, plus fees for optional workshops. For information, a breakdown of costs is given at

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Event programme:
We are pleased to announce the five symposia selected for presentation at the 2007 conference of the International Biogeography Society:

Maritime connectivity: reconciling models of dispersal and vicariance with evidence of biogeographic structure in a continuous environment
organizers: Dawson, Wares, Faucci

Island biogeography:
organizers: Fernandez-Palacios, Whittaker

Climate-based models as tools to separate historical from environmental effects on species distributions
organizers: Jetz, Rahbek

An integrative [view] of ecogeographic "rules"
organizers: Lomolino, Sax

Quaternary biogeography in the Holarctic
organizers: Douglas, Douglas

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Registration fee: US$155-US$340

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: (none)

Maximum number of participants: 

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

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