GLOBAL CHANGE AND EVOLUTIONARY ADAPTATION OF PLANTS IN COASTAL AREAS
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Proposed Symposium Title: GLOBAL CHANGE AND EVOLUTIONARY ADAPTATION OF PLANTS IN COASTAL AREAS
Abstract: Coastal ecosystems are known as one of the most productive ecosystems on the earth, and they are playing vital roles in maintaining environmental health and biodiversity. While coastal areas represent extreme environments for most plants, they also provide a unique opportunity to study mechanisms of speciation and adaptation in fluctuating and changing environments. Such knowledge can enable a better understanding of the impact of global climate change on plants and ecosystems.
This symposium aims to promote interdisciplinary studies of plant ecology and evolution, and its use in informing conservation decisions under global climate change. We welcome presentations of the up-to-date research of plants in coastal aeras (including mangroves, tidal saltwater marsh, seagrass beds, etc.) in understanding the driving factors, patterns, consequences, and mechanisms of evolution under climate change. Desirable topics include but not limited to inferring evolutionary history and response to past climate dynamics, identifying molecular mechanism of ecological adaptation, exploring genomic architecture underlying biological invasions, and informing conservation decisions for future climate scenarios.
Speaker 1: Prof. Koji Takayama
Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
Peripatric speciation of pantropical coastal plants in East Asia
Speaker 2: Prof. Tian Tang
Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China
Evolution and patterns of epimutation rates in stress
Speaker 3: Prof. Wenwen Liu
Xiamen University, Xiamen, China
Ecology and evolution of invasive salt marsh grass Spartina alterniflora
Topics (Up to three): Global Change Ecology
Topic 2: Phylogenetics and Phylogenomics
Topic 3: Biogeography / Phylogeography
Justification: Coastal ecosystems have become one of the most vulnerable ecosystems in the world. They are good systems to study plant adaptation and speciation in extreme and extremely fluctuating environments under global climate change. This symposium aims to promote interdisciplinary studies of plant ecology and evolution, and its use in informing conservation decisions under global climate change. The three potential speakers include scientists from different genders and different countries.