OOS 23 - The Great Indoors: Recent Advances In the Ecology of Built Environments

Wednesday, August 8, 2012: 8:00 AM-11:30 AM
C124, Oregon Convention Center
Brendan J. M. Bohannan, University of Oregon
Thomas D. Bruns, University of California
Brendan J. M. Bohannan, University of Oregon
“[We] are basically an indoor species. In a modern society, total time outdoors is the most insignificant part of the day….” (Ott 1989) “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” (Churchill 1943) Although humans in industrialized countries spend nearly 90% of their time in enclosed buildings (Klepeis et al. 2001), we know very little about the biology of the indoor environment. However this is starting to change. Over the past few years the field of indoor ecology has grown dramatically. Ecologists are beginning to apply ecological theory and concepts to understanding buildings as ecosystems. A new understanding of the biodiversity of built environments is emerging, as well as a new appreciation of the importance of interactions between humans and non-human life indoors. This organized oral session will showcase this emerging understanding. We will feature presentations that demonstrate the utility of ecological theory for understanding built environments, that describe the dynamics of biodiversity indoors and that illustrate the interactions of humans with indoor ecology. Our focus will be on the ecology of the dominant forms of non-human life indoors –microorganisms – and their interactions with humans.
8:00 AM
 Buildings as habitats and sinks for fungi: Resolving the sources of the fungi we live and work with
Adams, Rachel Adams, University of California, Berkeley; Thomas D. Bruns, University of California
8:20 AM
 Buildings as metacommunities
Jessica L. Green, University of Oregon; Brendan J.M. Bohannan, University of Oregon; G.Z. (Charlie) Brown, University of Oregon; Steven W. Kembel, Université du Québec à Montréal; Jeff Kline, University of Oregon; Maxwell Moriyama, University of Oregon; Timothy K. O'Connor, University of Arizona; Ann M. Womack, University of Oregon
8:40 AM
 Management factors influence microbial ecology in commercial poultry
Angela D. Kent, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Angela R. Green, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Caroline Chu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Glogerley T. Sales, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Richard S. Gates, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
9:00 AM
 Physiological ecology of toxic molds in built environments
Karen Dannemillier, Yale University; Jordan Peccia, Yale University
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