PEACE final workshop: Ecosystem responses to chemical stress: studies between ecology and ecotoxicology

The PEACE project (Pollution and ecosystem adaptation to changes in the environment, funded by RCN 2015-2019) is coming to an end. After having studied for four years the effect of contaminants on natural phytoplankton communities under conditions as realistic as possible, including aspects of acclimation, adaptation and resilience, we would like to share our main results with a broader audience.

Place: FAROS, Toppsenteret, Forskningsparken, Oslo
When: 11.11.2019 - 11.11.2019, 09:00 - 16:00

A core idea in the PEACE project was to use concepts from theoretical ecology for understanding ecosystem responses to contaminant stress in complex settings. This promising approach is clearly under-represented in many studies to date, and we would like to use the occasion to discuss how closer interactions between ecology and ecotoxicology can advance our understanding of stressed ecosystems. For this, we have invited four outstanding key note lecturers who will share their ideas with us.


09:00 Welcome and introduction by project leaders (Eva Leu and Luca Nizzetto)

Invited Keynote Lectures

09:15 Ecosystem stress response seen from a trait ecology and complex adaptive system perspective (Jon Norberg, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden)
09:45 Upgrading the Species Co-Tolerance Concept with species interactions and their functional identities (Rolf Vinebrooke, University of Alberta, Canada)
10:15 Questions & Discussion
10:30 Coffee break
10:45 The stability of biodiversity and ecosystem functions in a changing world (Frederik de Laender, Namur Research College, Belgium)
11:15 Incorporating Ecosystem Functioning into Environmental Quality Assessment (Mirco Bundschuh, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany)
11:45 Questions & Discussion
12:00 Lunch

PEACE Project Results

13:00 PEACE project: Introduction to the project concept (Luca Nizzetto)
13:15 Novel Experimental Approaches to Study complex phytoplankton community responses (Eva Leu)
13:35 A single pulse of diffuse contaminants alters the size distribution of natural phytoplankton communities (Didier Baho)
13:55 A Trait Driver Ecological Theory predicts complex responses of phytoplankton exposed to chemical stress (Luca Nizzetto)
14:15 Resilience of natural lake phytoplankton communities to combined pulse disturbances from micropollutant exposure and water column mixing (Didier Baho)
14:35 Coffee break
14:50 Evidence of ecological memory in phytoplankton communities affected by long-term agricultural practice (Simone Rizzuto)
15:10 Dissolved organic carbon and pH modulate the outcome of functional trade-offs of induced tolerance to micropollutants (Simone Rizzuto)

15:30 Summary
15:40 Final discussion: Future research challenges and directions (Francesco Pomati)

Since free lunch is included in this workshop, we require all participants to register in order to order the right amount and type of food.

Please follow this link to sign up.

Last updated 01.10.2019