[Workshop] The Future of Response Diversity and Ecosystem Stability


2024年3月25日 (月) (All day)2024年3月28日 (木) (All day)


L5EF03, L5D23


TSVP Workshop: The Future of Response Diversity and Ecosystem Stability

linked to TSVP Thematic Program:
Response Diversity and Ecosystem Stability (TP23RD)


Ensuring the stability of the ecological processes that maintain the natural world is vital for sustainable development. Yet, despite decades of work on ecosystem stability, a general driving mechanism has not been reliably identified. One candidate is the concept of response diversity. Response diversity characterises the range of species responses to environmental conditions, where higher response diversity indicates a wider variety of species responses. Based on classical diversity-stability theory, high response diversity should stabilise because declines in the abundance of one species are more likely to be offset by positive responses of another. Yet, response diversity has been measured in ecological studies only rarely, limiting understanding of the drivers of stability. Recent conceptual and methodological advances have granted us the opportunity to dive deeper into this neglected element of biodiversity for the first time, but much work remains. This workshop will build on the foundation laid during the Visiting Scholars’ tenure at OIST to make critical theoretical and methodological developments necessary to guide empirical research on response diversity as it related to ecosystem stability in the immediate and longer-term future.

Our workshop will be open to all members of the OIST community, and will include sessions led by Visiting Scholars and the Program Coordinators, as well as seminars from all invited participants. The proposed workshop participants are from a range of academic backgrounds and institutions, including world-leading theoreticians and empiricists. Break-out sessions during the workshop will span several promising directions, including: the application of response diversity in multiple dimensions when environmental conditions are nonlinear and uncorrelated; the inclusion and importance of intraspecific (within species) and interspecific (between species) interactions for the estimation of response diversity and its relationship with ecosystem stability; the scaling of response diversity in time and space, and its implications for empirical estimation of response diversity and stability; and the contribution of individual species to response diversity and stability. There will be built-in time for additional breakaway discussions as they arise during workshops and following talks. Together, the combined work of the Visiting Scholars and Workshop Participants is set to provide an important contribution to establishing the future direction of the field, and we anticipate the associated journal articles, videos, and other methods of dissemination will have significant impact on the understanding of how critical biodiversity is for environmental sustainability via response diversity.


Scientific Coordinators

Samuel R.P.-J. Ross (OIST), Owen L. Petchey (University of Zurich)


(tentative, updated 2023/10/16)
Karen C. Abbott, Case Western Reserve University (USA)
Ceres Barros, University of British Columbia (Canada)
Tad Dallas, University of South Carolina (USA)
Laura E. Dee, University of Colorado Boulder (USA)
Anna Eklöf, Linköping University (Sweden)
Mike Fowler, Swansea University (UK)
Stephan B. Munch, NOAA Fisheries (USA)
Rachael Winfree, Rutgers University (USA)


Bus transfer from Naha airport to OIST will be offered on March 25 at 9:00 JST.

Monday, March 25: Excursion (10:30-17:30) and Welcome Dinner at Seaside House (18:30-)
Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 9:30 - 17:30 Scientific Sessions
Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 9:30 - 17:30 Scientific Sessions
Thursday, March 28, 2024, 9:30 - 17:30 Scientific Sessions
Friday, March 29: Free Discussions and Departure Day

Venues (map)

All events will take place at OIST's main campus (access).
TSVP office area: Lab 5, Floor EF, Room 03, registration/visitor offices/discussions
L5D23: Large seminar room in Lab 5, floor D

All rooms are accessible through the main entrance tunnel via elevator to floor B/C. OIST Lab buildings are connected by tunnel on level B. OIST-ID card is required to access all building except the center building (cafeteria and cafe are open to the public). Please check the map for details.


※ Please note that this event will be (partially) recorded and the videos uploaded. In addition, photos may be taken during the event. These are intended for publication online to report on the OIST website, social media, etc.※


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