A New Age of Discovery for Aquatic Microeukaryotes

J. Archibald, C. Bowler, D. Caron,
C. de Vargas, S. Dyhrman, J. Kaye,
K. Rengefors

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Tuesday 26 January - Friday 29 January 2016


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New discoveries about the unexpected lifestyles of aquatic microbial eukaryotes (protists) are advancing rapidly through the targeted exploration of cultured isolates and whole communities using molecular sequencing and imaging techniques in concert with evolutionary theory and geochemical analysis. Three major contributions to microeukaryote biology, ecology, and evolution that are catapulting the field forward are the Marine Microbial Eukaryote Transcriptome Sequencing Project (MMETSP), the Tara Oceans Expeditions, and the Malaspina Expedition. Although these three efforts focused on marine organisms, they have provided an unprecedented wealth of new data to the broader protist ecology, evolution, biogeochemistry, and model system research communities. Moreover, these efforts are enabling development of new concepts about the interactions of protists with viruses, bacteria, and archaea.

The goal of the symposium is to increase the impact of the new knowledge generated from these unique datasets and to foster new collaborations among aquatic microbial ecologists, evolutionary biologists, oceanographers, limnologists, cell and molecular biologists, geneticists, and more. The objective is also to address “What questions can we now ask because of the completion of the marine field campaigns and with the arrival of new technologies, methods, and concepts from all corners of the biological sciences?” Learn more.

Submit your abstract to the following session topics:


    • And You May Ask Yourself, “Well…How Did I Get Here?”: Biodiversity Patterns across Space and Time
    • Love–Hate Relationships: Intimate Interactions, from Trophic Interactions to Symbiosis
    • Weird and Wonderful Organelles and Symbionts—Photosynthesis, Respiration, and Beyond
    • Knock, Knock—Who’s There? Extracellular Signaling
    • Genetic Transportation: Causes and Consequences of Gene Exchange in Protists
    • Small Microbe, Big World: Microeukaryotes in Aquatic Ecosystems
    • Situation Normal, All Stressed Out
    • Evolutionary Tipping Points: How Do Protists Adapt?