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Phenotypic Plasticity – RESPONSEs of Animals to Environmental Change

September 10-11, 2018 | Lecture Hall Complex (Ernst-Lohmeyer-Platz 6)

Anthropogenic global change (e.g. climate change, habitat conversion) comprises a severe challenge to biodiversity. While organisms may respond to environmental perturbations by different means including genetic adaptation and movement, phenotypic plasticity is expected to play a pivotal role. This is because it provides the potential for organisms to respond rapidly and effectively to environmental change. Consequently, plasticity can play a central role in tracking environmental change. This symposium aims at deepening the understanding of the prospects and limitations of phenotypic plasticity (including behaviour) to buffer detrimental effects of environmental change. We welcome contributions from all fields of zoology, and provide a total of 15 slots for contributed talks.

Keynote Speakers:

Melanie Dammhahn, University of Potsdam, Germany
Torsten N. Kristensen, Aarhus University, Denmark

Deadline for Abstract Submission: June 17, 2018

Conference Fees:

Symposium only: € 25
For participants of the main meeting no fee will be charged!

This meeting is a Satellite Symposium of the 111th Annual Meeting of the German Zoological Society (DZG) and is sponsored by the DFG funded Research Training Group RESPONSE (Biological Responses to Novel and Changing Environments;


Gerald Kerth (email),  Klaus Fischer (email)