Symposium: Impacts of environmental change on reproduction and development in wildlife
15 - 16 Oct 2009 – 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
A two day ZSL symposium.
Species adapt to the environment over millennia, and reproduction is highly controlled by environment, but what happens when the environment changes more quickly than expected? Will reproduction go wrong or is it sufficiently robust to cope?
The ways in which environmental changes, such as global warming, increased radiation and exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals, influence not only short-term reproductive success and development but also long-term survival and fitness, will be examined. We will focus on the following questions:
- Will environmental change lead to mismatches between food supplies, optimal physical environments and reproductive demands?
- How will such changes interact at the population level to cause the collapse or alteration of food web structures?
- What are the direct effects of environmental stresses (e.g. temperature, drought, environmental pollutants) on the reproductive success of individuals and populations?
- To what extent do environmental stresses during early life affect adult health through developmental programming mechanisms?
Experts in ecology, nutrition, reproductive physiology, developmental biology and molecular biology will share their insights into these questions.
Organised by Professor William V. Holt (ZSL), Professor Stuart R. Milligan (King's College London) and Dr Rhiannon E. Lloyd (ZSL)
Images (from top): Ji-Elle; Ed Uthman, MD; Commander John Bortniak, NOAA Corps; Kalev Kevad; Alex D. Rogers.
Please note that this event has already taken place.
Special issue of Philosophical Transactions B online now!
This special issue was based on the "Impacts of environmental change on reproduction and development in wildlife" symposium.
Please note that the introduction article is freely available for all.
Impacts of environmental change on reproduction and development in wildlife symposium - abstracts of talks presented (707 KB)
Impacts of environmental change on reproduction and development in wildlife symposium - abstracts of posters presented (82 KB)
Download a poster for the symposium (607 KB)
Full rate: two days or part days £130; one day or part day £80.
Student/ZSL Member/SRF Member rate: two days or part days £65; one day or part day £40.
Lunch and refreshments are included in the registration fee and a three-course dinner with the speakers will be held on the Thursday evening; places at the dinner will cost an additional £40 per person.
Present a poster of your research or work in this area: posters relating to the symposium topic will be displayed throughout the meeting and attendees will have plenty of time to study posters during tea/coffee breaks and dedicated Thursday evening poster session. Posters will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis and abstracts of no more than 250 words outlining poster content should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 18 September 2009 for consideration. Please find a word document version of the poster submission form above.
Tickets and enquiries: All tickets for attendance must be purchased in advance and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; please complete and return all registration forms along with payment to Joy Hayward, Scientific Meetings Co-ordinator, Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London NW1 4RY, UK; e-mail: email@example.com; tel: +44 (0)20 7449 6227.
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