At the ICES Annual Science Conference in A Coruña, Spain, 15-19 September 2014, there will be a theme session entitled Climate change: Back to the future for marine predators.
The session is intended to cover all taxonomic groups of marine predators, and is convened by Tore Haug (Norway, marine mammals), Morten Frederiksen (Denmark, seabirds) and John Pinnegar (UK, fish).
The ICES Science Plan has an emphasis on defining medium to longer term research themes relating to ecosystems. An important thematic area is to understand ecosystem functioning – high priority research topics include issues such as climate change effects and impacts, and the role and fate of top predators. Expert reviews from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) show that climate change will induce temperature changes and associated adjustments in ocean circulation, ice coverage and sea level. Such changes will affect life-history parameters of marine top predators (mammals, birds, large pelagics) via changes in habitat features, e.g., ice cover and availability of food resources (bottom–up effects), or will alter the role that predators play in marine ecosystems (top-down effects). This session will focus on presentations that show how environmental change has affected life-history strategies among large marine predators, or how environmental change may affect the role that these species play as top-level predators in marine ecosystems.
The deadline for abstracts is 14 April 2014 - see details at the ICES web site.
We are negotiating the option of publishing a special section (Research Topic) with the same theme in the recently established and highly ambitious open access journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. Details will follow, but most likely the deadline for abstracts for this section will be sometime this spring, and the deadline for full manuscripts in late autumn. There will be a publishing fee of 970 euros.
We encourage you to submit your best recent work on seabirds and climate change to the theme session and to the Research Topic, even if you can't make it to the conference.
See you in A Coruña!
Morten, Tore and John