Q-MARE First Meeting: Climate and pre-industrial human impacts on marine ecosystems: crossing disciplinary boundaries

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Konstantina Agiadi
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Climate and pre-industrial human impacts on marine ecosystems: crossing disciplinary boundaries

This meeting is organized by the Q-MARE (Disentangling climate and pre-industrial human impacts on marine ecosystems) working group. For more information on the working group, visit the Q-MARE web page here


Date and time: 17-19 January 2022, 15:00-18:00 CEST

Location: zoom


Climate and human activities altered marine ecosystems for thousands of years before industrialization, changing the composition, structure and dynamics of marine communities and the distribution, ecology and physiology of marine organisms. Marine ecosystems have proven robust to natural climatic perturbations, but are less resilient to anthropogenic impacts. Moreover, the timing, rate, and intensity of anthropogenic impacts on marine ecosystems before and after the industrial revolution varied across the world, increasing and confounding the effect of the shifting baselines syndrome. Q-MARE brings together scientists from different disciplines to combine results on past climate and human-induced changes on Quaternary marine ecosystems by combining paleontological, paleoclimatic, archaeological, and historical data.

Organizing committee

Konstantina Agiadi (University of Vienna, Austria)
Bryony A. Caswell (University of Hull, UK)
Paolo G. Albano (Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Naples, Italy)
Martin Zuschin (University of Vienna, Austria)


Monday, 17 January

15:00–15:20 Konstantina Agiadi “Q-MARE Overview”
15:20–15:30 André Carlo Colonese "Uncovering 5000 years of fishing in the southwestern Atlantic Ocean"
15:30–15:40 Tatiana Theodoropoulou "From ancient fish catches to archaeological fish bones and back to ancient marine ecosystems: methodology, potential and results of ichthyoarchaeological analysis"
15:40–15:50 Martin Zuschin "Conservation Paleobiology and Stratigraphic Paleobiology of the Northern Adriatic Sea"
15:50–16:00 Moriaki Yasuhara "Time Machine Biology"
16:00–16:10 Invited talk "Sven Pallacks and Partizia Ziveri ""Fossil otolith and foraminiferal records to disentangle climate and anthropogenic drivers on Mediterranean marine ecosystems"
16:10–16:20 Invited talk Yuanyuan Hong "Baseline ostracod assemblages of the northwestern Pacific and Indo-Pacific"
16:20–16:30 Yizhaq Makovsky TBA

16:30–17:00 Break

17:00–17:30 Keynote Daniel Pauly "Fisheries catches and the mean temperature of the catch from historical and archeological records"
17:30–17:40 Maria Bas "Using past archaeological information to predict changes in marine ecosystems in the future"
17:40–17:50 Jessica Lueders-Dumont "Ecological baselines from nitrogen isotopes in fish otolith-bound organic matter: calibration and first applications"
17:50–18:00 Discussion

Tuesday, 18 January

15:00–15:10 Jonathan Belmaker "Modern perspectives on Mediterranean fish diversity changes"
15:10–15:20 Adam Tomašových "Inferences about marine benthic ecosystems on the basis of the stratigraphic record"
15:20–15:30 Poul Holm "North Atlantic marine extractions, 1520–2020"
15:30–15:40 Ahmed A. Abdelhady "Biological responses to environmental changes"
15:40–15:50 Bryony A. Caswell "Muddy bottoms: seafloors past, present and future"
15:50–16:00 Paolo G. Albano "Climate-driven biodiversity collapse in the Mediterranean Sea"
16:00–16:10 Tal Gavriel "Disentangle the influence of rare, transient, and absent species (dark diversity) on reef fish diversity patterns"
16:10–16:20 Erin Dillon "Using dermal denticle assemblages to reconstruct shark communities on coral reefs over millennia"
16:20–16:30 Aaron O’Dea "The beauty and utility of coral reef archives"

16:30–17:00 Break

17:00–18:00 Communicating between disciplines: discussion

Wednesday, 19 January

15:00–00–15:40 Q-MARE schedule and tasks (discussion coordinated by K. Agiadi) (by invitation only)
15:40–16:30 Tal Gavriel “Integrating data: Neotoma and PANGEA requirements, GitHub intro” (by invitation only)

16:30–17:00 Break

17:00–17:30 Keynote Jennifer Dunne "The Roles, Functions and Impacts of Humans in Complex Ecological Networks"
17:30–17:40 Michał Kowalewski "Historical Marine Ecology at University of Florida and the Conservation Paleobiology Network"
17:40–17:50 Konstantina Agiadi "Natural climatic variability impacts on the marine fishes of the eastern Mediterranean"
17:50–18:00 Discussion

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This meeting is open to anyone interested. In order to obtain the zoom link, please register.

More information

Please contact the Q-MARE group leaders for more information.