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Phenotypic Plasticity – RESPONSEs of Animals to Environmental Change

September 10-11, 2018 | Lecture Hall 3 (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.

Keynote Speakers:

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


10.00 - 10.15    Gerald Kerth, Greifswald
Opening, Welcome

10.15 - 11.15    Torsten N. Kristensen, Aalborg/Aarhus
The importance of plasticity for coping with environmental stress

11.15 - 11.30    Coffee Break

11.30 - 11.50    Warren Burggren, Denton, TX
Developmental phenotypic plasticity helps bridge stochastic weather events associated with climate change

11.50 - 12.10    Anaïs Degut*, Villeurbanne/Greifswald
Master of invasion -- is phenotypic plasticity the key of Drosophila suzukii success?

12.10 - 12.30    Aleksander Janjic*, Freising
Enforced evolution via epigenetic pressure in drosophilids: Proof of principle via olfaction and oviposition

12.30 - 14.00    Lunch Break

14.00 - 14.20    Katja Heubel, Köln
Responses to ending up in different environments: Effects of salinity on growth, metabolism, and behaviour in overwintering invasive gobies

14.20 - 14.40    Amanda Wiesenthal, Greifswald
Phenotypic plasticity allows the euryhaline snail Theodoxus fluviatilis to cope with hyperosmotic stress

14.40 - 15.00    Gerlien Verhaegen, Greifswald
Adaptation against dislodgement through phenotypic plasticity in shell morphology of a clonal aquatic gastropod?

15.00 - 15.20    Sandra Trogant, Bochum
Clonal variability in reaction norms of plasticity in prey defences and predator offences

15.20 - 15.50    Coffee Break

15.50 - 16.10    Jürgen Gadau, Münster
Social evolution in the harvester ant genus Pogonomyrmex

16.10 - 16.30   Katharina Ruthsatz*, Hamburg
Altered thyroid hormone levels and developmental temperature affect the capacity for physiological acclimation in tadpoles of Rana temporaria and Xenopus laevis

16.30 - 16.50   Rita Fragueira*, Greifswald
Red does not always outperform black: morph-specific behavioural variation in response to environmental changes

16.50 - 18.00    Poster Presentation

18.00 - 22.00    Joint dinner

10.00 - 10.15    Klaus Fischer, Koblenz-Landau

10.15 - 11.15    Melanie Dammhahn, Potsdam
Reversible plasticity in mammalian energy-saving strategies a mechanism to cope with rapid climate change?

11.15 - 11.30    Coffee Break

11.30 - 11.50    Christine Reusch*, Greifswald
The costs of leaving early: Individual plasticity and mortality costs of emergence from hibernation in bats

11.50 - 12.10    Michael Heethoff, Darmstadt
Nutritional quality modulates phenotypic plasticity

12.10 - 12.30    Alexander Wacker, Potsdam
How multiple-resource limitation (co-limitation) of consumer growth manifests in a fluctuating environment

12.30 - 12.40    Gerald Kerth, Greifswald
Concluding Remarks

RESP 1: Mariana Villalba*, Manchester: DNA methylation as a mechanism of transgenerational phenotypic plasticity in Daphnia

RESP 2: Zoran Šargač*, Greifswald: Resistance of crab larvae to abiotic stress: a multi-population comparison to explore phenotypic plasticity and local adaptations

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)