Organizers: Jodie Rummer1, Shaun Killen2 & Björn Illing2

Affiliations: 1/ ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Australia; 2/University of Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Email: jodie.rummer@jcu.edu.au; shaun.killen@glasgow.ac.uk; bjoern.illing@gmx.de

Lead contact: Jodie Rummer

Description : Conservation Physiology is an emerging discipline aiming to understand the mechanisms underpinning the behaviour and fitness of organisms in changing environments. Indeed, physiological measurements can help reveal “cause-and-effect” relationships and inform conservation management decisions by upscaling results from cellular and organismal levels to populations. To date, however, conservation physiology has focused largely on “problems”. With this session, we will discuss those problems, but also start identifying solutions and highlighting specific examples where conservation physiology has successfully been put into action. Specifically, we will focus on how environmental conditions and human disturbances influence Indo-Pacific fish species and populations. We will also emphasize studies investigating the physiology of biological invasions, disease, and biotic interactions induced by environmental change and human activity. And finally, and perhaps most importantly, we will also focus on integrated case studies where conservation physiology has helped to solve problems that Indo-Pacific fishes and ecosystems are facing. This session will increase the value of the discipline to conservationists and stakeholders and demonstrate how research in fish physiology can support the protection or recovery of imperiled fish populations.

Expected Audience : The proposed session will engage a diverse suite of fish biologists that regularly attend IPFC but will also attract new members/attendees that have just started to included physiological perspectives and techniques in their approach to research. Additionally, the session is set up in such a way that it should attract those working on a variety of biological levels (from cells to ecosystems), taxa, and regions, and we aim to attract both established scientists and students from developed and developing nations.