Darren M Evans | 1 Jul 16:36 2015
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2nd international symposium on ecological networks | Bristol, UK

Ecological Networks: Theory, Empiricism and Practice in a Changing World

2nd international symposium on ecological networks | Bristol, UK

Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 September 2015

Registration extended to 10 July:  http://www.brc.ac.uk/networksymposium/

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Dr. Darren M. Evans

Reader in Conservation Biology

 

School of Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences

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University of Hull

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ZSL Animal Conservation

Top 10 journal in Biodiversity Conservation

Website

 

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Darren M Evans | 24 Jun 09:21 2015
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2nd International Symposium on Ecological Networks

FRIDAY REGISTRATION DEADLINE for the 2nd international symposium on ecological networks, Britsol http://t.co/PJOf3f5sMo

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Darren M Evans | 8 Jun 10:27 2015
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Ecological Networks symposium, Bristol 7/8 September

Online registration is now open for:

 

Ecological Networks: Theory, Empiricism and Practice in a Changing World 2nd International Symposium on Ecological Networks Bristol, UK, 7 and 8 September 2015

 

The Keynote Speakers are:

 

     Professor Jason Tylianakis, University of Christchurch, New Zealand

     Professor Pedro Jordano, Estacion Biologica de Donana, CSIC, Spain

     Dr Anna Traveset, Mediterranean Inst. of Adv. Studies, Terrestrial Ecology Group, Mallorca, Spain

     Dr Thilo Gross, Department of Engineering Mathematics, University of Bristol

     Dr Michael Traugott, Institute of Ecology, University of Innsbruck

 

Please see the symposium webpage here:

http://www.brc.ac.uk/networksymposium/

 

Registration and payment is via Bristol University's online shop, here:

http://shop.bris.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&catid=71&prodid=109

*Registration closes on 26 June*.

 

Please forward this email to anyone who may be interested, and don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

I look forward to meeting you in September,

 

Nancy Jennings

Symposium Secretary

 

on behalf of the hosts:

Professor Jane Memmott, University of Bristol Dr Michael Pocock, CEH Dr Darren Evans, University of Hull Dr Daniel Montoya, University of Bristol

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Toshiyuki Namba | 31 Mar 06:54 2015
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Special Feature on Complexity-Stability Relations

Dear Colleagues,

A Special Feature on

Unravelling ecological networks: complexity-stability relations
and diversity of interaction types

was recently published in Population Ecology.

http://link.springer.com/journal/10144/57/1/page/1

The authors are Kondoh and Mougi, Fontaine and Thébault, Toju,
Tokita, and Allesina and Tang.

As a preface for the special feature, I briefly reviewed the
history of research on complexity-stability relationship till
the idea of diversity of interaction types appears.

I hope some list members are interested in the special feature.

All the best,
Toshi

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      Osaka Prefecture University,
      Graduate School of Science
      Department of Biological Science
      Gakuen-cho 1-1, Naka-ku, Sakai, 599-8531 JAPAN
      Tel/Fax: 072-254-9183
      email: tnamba <at> b.s.osakafu-u.ac.jp
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Tak Fung | 29 Mar 06:42 2015
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New paper on effects of biodiversity loss in complex marine food webs


Dear Food-webbers,

Our new food web paper was published earlier this week, and we hope that it may be interesting and useful to members of this list:

Title and authors: Impact of biodiversity loss on production in complex marine food webs mitigated by prey-release. Tak Fung, Keith Farnsworth, David Reid, Axel Rossberg.

URL: http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2015/150323/ncomms7657/full/ncomms7657.html

Abstract: Public concern over biodiversity loss is often rationalized as a threat to ecosystem functioning, but biodiversity-ecosystem functioning (BEF) relations are hard to empirically quantify at large scales. We use a realistic marine food-web model, resolving species over five trophic levels, to study how total fish production changes with species richness. This complex model predicts that BEF relations, on average, follow simple Michaelis–Menten curves when species are randomly deleted. These are shaped mainly by release of fish from predation, rather than the release from competition expected from simpler communities. Ordering species deletions by decreasing body mass or trophic level, representing ‘fishing down the food web’, accentuates prey-release effects and results in unimodal relationships. In contrast, simultaneous unselective harvesting diminishes these effects and produces an almost linear BEF relation, with maximum multispecies fisheries yield at ≈40% of initial species richness. These findings have important implications for the valuation of marine biodiversity.

Best regards,

Tak

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Simons, James | 24 Jan 18:57 2015

FW: Afterthoughts . . . Re: gomexsi workshop wrap-up

Hi to all,

 

  I am forwarding the email concerning the recent GoMexSI/GloBI workshop.  I apologize to those who have already received the below email.

 

  Please feel free to communitcate with us if you have questions or are interested to know more about another workshop.

 

Thanks,

 

GoMexSI team

 

From: jorrit poelen [mailto:jhpoelen-qWit8jRvyhVmR6Xm/wNWPw@public.gmane.org]
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2015 12:39 PM
To: Simons, James; Brian Hayden (brian.hayden-kQW2Dzt44JA@public.gmane.org); Yuan, May (myuan-DNmUmOh1Rg72fBVCVOL8/A@public.gmane.org); Dave Reed; Skyler Sagarese (s.sagarese1-6ft+5RaVQuW1zw4bZebV9Q@public.gmane.org); Jennifer Hammock; Bradley Ennis; rebeca.qp-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org; Kalen Rice; Mitchell, Theresa; Tracy Weatherall; Cai, Xiaopeng
Subject: Afterthoughts . . . Re: gomexsi workshop wrap-up

 

Hey y’all,

 

As you might know, we had a GloBI / GoMexSI workshop review session yesterday (Jan 21, 2015). You can find the notes here: https://github.com/GoMexSI/workshop/wiki/Post-workshop-Review .

 

One of the many take-aways I had is that folks are eager to learn more about GitHub and R for managing and accessing interaction data. I think the great thing about these tools is that a large community actively uses this tool combo to help with their scientific explorations, so many online resources are available. And . . . I am excited to see that the GoMexSI team is now actively using GitHub for data management (see https://github.com/gomexsi/interaction-data) and discussions (e.g. https://github.com/GoMexSI/interaction-data/issues/1). 

 

Here’s just two of the many R and GitHub introductions that are available online:

 

Hope this was useful and let me know if you have any questions,

-jorrit

 

PS Picture take during workshop at Texas A&M Corpus Christi in Dec 2014 (see https://github.com/GoMexSI/workshop/wiki/participants).

 

 

On Jan 17, 2015, at 2:41 PM, Simons, James <James.Simons-at6qt1C6Z5Y3uPMLIKxrzw@public.gmane.org> wrote:



Hi to all.

 

  Sorry for the short notice but we wanted to have a gomexsi post-workshop call for an hour or so this coming week on Wednesday, Jan 21st.  Please let us know if you are able/interested to attend.  We are thinking of doing it at 1300 Corpus time (CST).

 

  If this is too short of notice for most of you perhaps we can re-schedule, but it would have to be Feb 2,3 or 6.

 

Thanks,

 

Jim

 

 

James D. Simons, Ph.D.

Associate Research Scientist

 

Center for Coastal Studies

Natural Resources Center 3200

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Simons, James | 24 Jan 18:54 2015

GoMexSI update

Hi to all,

 

  I have been meaning to send this out for some time now.

 

  We currently have 62,759 lines of data from 103 references in the GoMexSI database, up from about 40K a short time ago.  In addition we have many thousands of lines of extracted data awaiting editing and mostly awaiting spatial data. We are working on both of these fronts now.

 

  Recently TAMUCC became a member of the Ecopath Consortium, in large part due to the efforts on the GoMecSI database and the leadership of Francisco Arreguin Sanchez who cited our work in a recent Fisheries Centre publication. I was able to attend the Ecopath 30 Years meeting in Barcelona and made some good contacts for the GoMexSI project.

 

  In early December we held a 2.5 day GoMexSI.GloBI workshop in which we discussed the database structure, use of R and Cypher to access data, and other topics.  I will forward a short email synopsis of the workshop wrap-up we held a couple of days ago.  We hope to have future workshops if there is interest.  Please let us know if you would like more info.

 

  We are busy with our MARFIN project and will soon be working on the gut contents of over 1000 fish specimens to add to the data collected by our collaborators at USF in Florida.

 

Thanks again to all of you for your interest and time.

 

The GoMexSI team,

 

 

James D. Simons, Ph.D.

Associate Research Scientist

 

Center for Coastal Studies

Natural Resources Center 3200

6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5866

Corpus Christi, Texas 78412-5866

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Darren M Evans | 6 Jan 14:30 2015
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Funded PhD: ecological network robustness

Dear All

 

I have a funded PhD studying the robustness of ecological networks available in my lab. Would suit a numerate ecologist. Closing date is 2 Feb 2015. More details at: tinyurl.com/nrqu98b

 

Do forward this to anyone you know who might be interested.

 

Many thanks

 

Darren Evans

 

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Dr. Darren M. Evans

Senior Lecturer in Conservation Biology

 

School of Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences

Room 317 Hardy Building

University of Hull

Cottingham Road

Hull

HU6 7RX

 

Website

Tel +44 (0)1482 465187

Twitter: <at> DarrenMarkEvans

 

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Christian Mulder | 20 Nov 12:58 2014
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Novel soil food web in American Naturalist

Dear All

Please pass on to anyone you think might be interested.

Many thanks and regards

Christian


 


Dr. Christian Mulder
Quantitative Macroecology, head
Centre for Sustainability, Environment and Health
National Institute for Public Health and Environment
P.O.Box 1, NL-3720 BA Bilthoven, The Netherlands
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Darren M Evans | 24 Oct 18:46 2014
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BOU Day Conference ‘Advances in food-web theory and practice’, 19th November 2014, Peterborough, UK

There are a few places remaining at this fascinating conference that aims to: 1) bring together
ornithologists, entomologists, botanists and others studying species interactions across trophic
levels at all scales; 2) showcase new and emerging theory and practice in ecological networks to
stimulate further advances; and 3) highlight the applications of new molecular techniques to
understand food-webs.

We have an excellent programme of speakers, many of whom work in agro-ecosystems, including Pedro
Jordano, Jane Memmott, Bill Symondson, Gareth Jones, Anna Traveset and James Pearce-Higgins (see
http://www.bou.org.uk/conferences/foodwebs-speaker-abstracts.pdf) for full speaker list and abstracts.

Further details and booking can be found at http://www.bou.org.uk/conference/avian-food-webs/

Please consider attending or forwarding this email to those who you think would be interested.

Darren Evans

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Senior Lecturer in Conservation Biology

School of Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences
Room 317 Hardy Building
University of Hull
Cottingham Road
Hull
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Twitter:  <at> DarrenMarkEvans

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BOU 2014 Autumn One-day Conference
BIRDS IN THE ENTANGLED BANK: ADVANCES IN FOODWEB THEORY AND PRACTICE
19th November 2014, Great Northern Hotel, Peterborough, UK http://www.bou.org.uk/conference/avian-food-webs/
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Simons, James | 18 Sep 20:49 2014

One year and 15 day update!!!

Hi to all,

 

  On September 3, 2013 we launched the GoMexSI database and webpage.  Since that time I believe I have provided one update.  I would like to provide another update as to where we stand at this point.  I would also like to thank all of those who have visited the website, and all of those who have contributed data.

 

  We have been extracting trophic data for over a year now.  We currently have 37,930 species interaction recorded in the database, from about 1500 unique interactors.  These come from 61 references and 6 contributed datasets. We also have an additional 22, 490 interactions that will be loaded in the next several months as we get the files edited and the spatial information taken care of. These data come from an additional 56 references, bringing the totals to 60,420 interactions and 117 references, which is 15.4% of the total of 758 references to fish trophic data we now have in hand.

 

  We are currently working to translate the webpage into Spanish, and hope to have that completed soon.

 

We are currently working under MARFIN and CIMAS grants to continue extracting and entering data, and will soon begin to collect and analyze new specimens for gut contents under the MARFIN grant.

 

  We have begun to complete the building of our lists of other taxa for trophic  data extraction, and have also collected a large list of references for parasites for the Gulf. See Table below for the current status of these taxa (which is always being updated).

 

Taxon

Group

Number of References Collected

Number of References Processed

Total Number of Species Currently Cited

Mammalia

Marine Mammals, Coastal Terrestrial Mammals

55

0

1

Reptilia

Sea Turtles, Coastal Terrestrial Reptiles

21

0

3

Actinopterygii

Estuarine and Marine Sharks, Rays and Fishes

758

61

646

Ares

Sea and Shore Birds

43

0

4

Arthropoda

Crustaceans and Insects

50

0

58

Mollusca

Estuarine and Marine Bivalves, Gastropods and Cephalopods

10

0

45

Annelida

Polychaete worms and Leeches

2

0

0

Echinodermata

Sea stars, Sea urchins, etc.

1

0

0

Ctenophora

Comb jellies

1

0

2

Cnidaria

Jellyfish, Box Jellies, Sea Wasps

5

0

6

Acanthocephala

Spiny Headed Worms

1

0

0

Platyhelminthes

Tapeworms and Flukes

60

0

0

Nematoda

Nematodes

4

0

0

Apicomplexa

Ciliated Protozoans, Hematozoans

4

0

0

Fungi

Fungi

3

0

0

Rhombozoa

Dicyemids

0

0

0

 

  I would like to announce an article that has been accepted for publication by Ecological Informatics titled “ Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets “ by Jorrit Poelen, James Simons and Christopher Mungal.  Although not directly about GoMexSI, there is coverage of the GoMexSI database/webpage in the article.  Thanks to Jorrit for leading the effort on this endeavor.

 

  We are planning to present papers and/or posters at the upcoming GERS meeting at Port Aransas, TX, in October, and the Congreso Nacional de Ictiologia in Morelia, Mexico and hopefully the Ecopath Conference in Barcelona Spain, both in November.

 

Again, thanks to all who have had apart in making this database and webpage a success!!!

 

Take care,

 

Jim

 

PS  As always, if you would like to be removed from the email list, please let me know.

 

James D. Simons, Ph.D.

Associate Research Scientist

 

Center for Coastal Studies

Natural Resources Center 3200

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