The Gordon Conference on “Metabolic Basis of Ecology”

The conference is set to explore the consequences of metabolism upon the structure and functioning of life at different levels of organization, from cells to organisms to communities to ecosystems.
When 18 Jul, 2010 08:00 AM to
23 Jul, 2010 03:00 PM
Where the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, USA
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Contact Phone +44 (0)151 795 4402
Attendees This conference should be of great interest to anyone working in scaling, body size, stoichiometry, community ecology, nutrient cycling, theoretical ecology, ecosystem dynamics, physiological ecology, thermal biology, regulation and resilience in biological systems etc.
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Each year we make an effort to bring together an interdisciplinary group of distinguished scientists from a diverse but complementary set of disciplines who are working at the forefront of metabolic approaches in ecology or whose research provide new paths for integration and understanding. This diversity in speakers’ interests is intended to ensure dynamic exploration of metabolism by the conference participants, with a primary goal of identifying key future areas for research that link metabolism, ecology and evolution. The ultimate goal of this meeting is to foster new collaborative interactions that will help us to move towards a more complete understanding of the metabolic laws that govern the structure and function of living organisms, and the communities and ecosystems in which they reside.

Description of the mid-conference workshop:

 “Metabolism as a Central Theme in the Emergence of Biological Order”

This workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary and international group of distinguished scientists and theoreticians to explore the role of metabolism in shaping the emergence of biological order at different levels of organization, from cells to organisms to ecosystems to the earth system. 

The emergence of order in living systems includes the selective pressures and principles that have shaped the emergence of metabolic networks and pathways, and how organismal metabolism evolved. Specific focus areas include the advances in the efficiency of exchange of energy and matter with the environment; the regulation of environments within cells, organisms and external environments; and the robustness of such systems in the face of perturbations.  Understanding and quantifying the processes that produce the patterns of metabolic efficiency and intensity in nature, including the properties of homeostasis and robustness, is important for tackling challenges as diverse as cancer, disruption of homeostasis in human health, and climate and pollutant threats to ecosystems and the earth system. 


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