Monday, August 3, 2009: 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
Brazos, Albuquerque Convention Center
SS 6 - Surf and Turf: Establishing New Paradigms by Integrating Theory and Forging Partnerships between Marine and Terrestrial Ecology
To date, the majority of paradigm shifting ideas in ecology has emerged from work in terrestrial, rather than marine, systems. While there are some fundamental differences between media (e.g., air versus land versus freshwater versus saltwater), ample opportunity exists for empirical comparisons and resulting theoretical advances. This session will feature marine and terrestrial scientists who place their work into a broader ecological context and/or those who have founded new ecological principles, or who actively engage in comparative work testing existing ecological theory in multiple media. This session has been organized in part because much of the marine literature cites only marine literature, as terrestrial literature cites only terrestrial literature, suggesting that investigators from both areas either may not be familiar with, or recognize the relevance of the other. The perceived division between marine and terrestrial systems may largely stem from practical differences in methodological approach rather than any ideological, ecologically meaningful division. Thus, a more integrative approach is likely to yield exciting advances, to enable the discovery of analogous features, and to highlight where theoretical differences emerge between these systems. This session has been organized in an effort to encourage ecologists from marine (surf) and terrestrial (turf) backgrounds to find a place on the same dinner plate.
Organizer:Joshua A. Idjadi, New England Aquarium
Co-organizer:Randi D. Rotjan, Harvard University / New England Aquarium
10:15 AMThe life aquatic and terrestrial: Learning ecology in the shadows of Cousteau and Connell
Wayne P. Sousa, University of California, Berkeley
10:30 AMComparing ecological processes in marine vs. terrestrial grazing ecosystems: Are parrotfish just wet wildebeest?
Deron E. Burkepile, Florida International University
10:45 AMHow can the study of marine environments deepen our understanding of local vs. regional richness relationships?
Howard V. Cornell, University of California, Davis, Susan P. Harrison, University of California, Davis
11:00 AMThe scope of fear: Large predators trigger similar indirect risk effects in marine and terrestrial systems
Aaron Wirsing, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington

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