7th January: PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS AND FIELD TRIPS
WORKSHOP: Spatial Analysis in Macroecology
Organizer: Alexandre Diniz-Filho
WORKSHOP: Phylogenetic Analysis in Macroecology
Organizer: Alexandre Diniz-Filho
WORKSHOP: Communicating Biogeography
Organizer: Robert Whittaker
FIELD TRIP (full-day): "Knossos" Archaelogical site, "Archanes"traditional village, N. Kazantzakis Museum at "Myrtia" village and Miliarakis Winery (with cocktail)
FIELD TRIP (half-day): Irakleion Archaeological Museum, Irakleion Historical Museum and Central Irakleion Market
8th & 9th January: SYMPOSIA
"Mediterranean Biogeography: Where History Meets Ecology Across Scales"
Organizers: Spyros Sfenthourakis & Jens-Christian Svenning
The Mediterranean is a highly species-rich and complex biogeographic region . It has a composite tectonic history, has experienced the impacts of human civilization for more than 8 millennia, hosts numerous islands, and exhibits remarkable topographic diversity. This symposium explores novel perspectives on Mediterranean biogeography across spatial and temporal scales.
"New Perspectives on Comparative Phylogeography – Novel Integrative Approaches and Challenges"
Organizers: Ana Carnaval & Mike Hickerson
The boundaries of classic comparative phylogeography are expanding by increasing connections with new and emerging fields such as genomics, spatial information systems, climate modeling, community-scale DNA barcoding, host-parasite interactions etc. This symposium will explore innovative, integrative studies in the field, while discussing novel methodologies to circumvent current and foreseen challenges.
"Biogeography and Ecology: Two Lenses in One Telescope"
Organizers: Dave Jenkins & Bob Ricklefs
Biogeography views nature through a large-scale lens, while ecology views nature through a lens built from local-scale evidence. Yet both disciplines focus on processes causing natural patterns and are approaching each other at intermediate spatial and temporal scales. The symposium brings together biogeographers and ecologists to discuss the shared key subjects: niche, comparative/macro-ecology, community assembly, and diversity. Different and shared conceptual domains will be addressed within and among eight talks (two per each subject), plus a synthesis.
"Analytical Advancements in Macroecology and Biogeography"
Organizers: Alexandre Diniz-Filho & Carsten Rahbek
The continuous development of computing capacity and increasing data generation allow ever more sophisticated analyses, enabling novel insights about biodiversity patterns. This development depends upon continuous input from other fields in terms of methods and theory. This symposium presents the new advancements within spatial analyses, phylogenetic reconstruction, and computer simulation modeling.
10th January: CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Climate change biogeography
Hot topics in biogeography
11th January: POST-CONFERENCE EXCURSIONS
1) Lasithi Plateau - Diktaion Andron (Dicteon Cave) - Kera Monastery
2) "Knossos" Archaeological site, "Archanes" traditional village, N. Kazantzakis Museum at "Myrtia" village and Miliarakis Winery (with cocktail)
3) Vai palm forest - Toplou Monastery - Zakros Archaeological site and visit to a Cretan Cheese Factory - city of Siteia (with lunch at Sitia Beach Hotel)