There is pressing need to understand and predict the responses of ectotherm animals to climate change, to allow management decisions, to preserve biodiversity and ecosystem services. Gastropods (snails) have a unique ecology and physiology, and thus are likely to respond in a unique way to future warming. They occupy a range of variable and extreme thermal habitats, which presents an opportunity to develop an alternative model system for understanding ectotherm responses to climate change. Empirical tests of hypotheses using this alternative system are facilitated by Brunei’s extraordinarily high diversity of gastropods inhabiting marine, mangrove and freshwater systems.
It is our pleasure to invite you to a gastropod thermal biology and climate change workshop, which will be held at:
Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD)
Brunei Darussalam, 8-11 Dec 2014
The workshop will be held under the auspices of iCUBE, and will be hosted by the Institute for Biodiversity and Environmental Research (IBER), UBD.
The workshop aims to bring together international established scientists, productive young scientists and students to explore a novel context for thermal adaptation and response to climate change in tropical gastropods. Some of the key speakers are:
For further information on the workshop please contact AP Dr David J. Marshall (david.marshall at ubd.edu.bn).