Decades of overharvesting, habitat destruction and pollution, have led to a biodiversity crisis, the so-called sixth extinction. Nations worldwide have established biodiversity action plans featuring actions targeted at halting biodiversity loss and ecosystem services degradation, but also to ensure that the ecosystem services nature provides are protected, valued and restored. These policy changes were implemented in response to a growing concern that development over previous decades, despite considerable benefits to the citizens of nations, was having a significant impact upon biodiversity. In particular, it was recognized that the loss of biodiversity is compounding the problems of global change, and that the two phenomena are mutually reinforcing.
Species are not only valuable in their own right, they are also responsible for the capture, conversion and flow of energy and nutrients through ecosystems. These processes ensure ecosystem functions upon which humans ultimately depend. In terms of risk, some species also generate nuisances that have ecological, sanitary and economic costs. Global change has already started to affect the distribution of species. However, it is not yet clear how subsequent changes in species distributions will impact the flow of energy and nutrients within ecosystems.
These uncertainties reflect the still unknown relationship between global change, ecological network structure and ecosystem function, calling for the emergence of a system-level ecology that integrates concepts from paleoecology, individual-population biology, community ecology, biological conservation, functional ecology, ecotoxicology, and biogeochemistry.
This conference will therefore aim gathering French and foreign ecologists whom works will illustrate such collaborative research promoted by EcoLab.
Conference language: English
- February 1st – March 24th : abstracts submission
- Mid-April: decision on selected communications
- Mid-April - May 15th : online registration
- July 11th-12th: conference in Toulouse
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