Event /  27 Jan 2024

Gordon Research Seminar: Predator-Prey Interactions

Calling all early-career scientists studying predators and prey - travel grants available!

In person Event
27 Jan 2024
Ventura, California, United States.

The Predator-Prey Interactions Gordon Research Seminar is a 2-day conference for early-career researchers. It preceeds the Predator-Prey Interactions Gordon Research Conference and provides a unique forum for young scientists to present their work, discuss new methods, cutting edge ideas, and pre-published data, as well as to build collaborative relationships with their peers.

We have several grants of $500 available to support ECRs to attend.

The study of predator-prey interactions tends to occur either at ecological (e.g., How does a prey defend itself against one instance of attack? How does the presence of predators change prey habitat usage?) or evolutionary timescales (e.g., How do prey phenotypes adapt to avoid predation?). Bridging the conceptual gap between proximate and ultimate explanations within the field will require synthesis across approaches. Collaborations are needed between scientists conducting longitudinal observational field studies, those developing novel in situ approaches, those conducting lab-based experiments, those collecting sequencing data, and those specializing in ecological and evolutionary modeling. Early career researchers are often at the forefront of shaping novel lenses within the field, and we, therefore, expect this GRS to be an excellent opportunity for us to gain inspiration from each other and cultivate new interdisciplinary collaborations.

Topics include:

  • habitat loss, land use, & agriculture
  • climate change & biodiversity
  • eco-evolutionary dynamics
  • animal tracking & GIS data sets

In the spirit of bridging divides, our career panel for the 2024 meeting will center on how we develop and discuss our research with a range of audiences. The panel and discussion will focus on enhancing the reach, creativity, and impact of research on Predator-Prey Interactions by early career researchers on diverse career paths.

The GRS consists of two half-day sessions, including a keynote lecture, talks and posters by early career researchers, and a career panel. It will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are guaranteed to either give a talk or present a poster.

To be considered for a talk, submit your abstract by October 22, 2023. Final registration by December 30, 2023.

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