Note, we have reórganized the Sessions, after seeing the balance of contributions: 02/May/2019
We here describe the topics and sessions selected through a mixture of a participative project and our own ideas. We have organized the potential contributions into small SESSIONS (each composed of, potentially, 4-7 talks) of selected topics falling into broader TOPICS that try to embrace broad processes or concepts rather than techniques or taxonomic groups. Most sessions have been proposed by leading scientists, who demonstrated the capability to attract a number of relevant speakers and who will act as session conveners (to be announced shortly). Experimental, modelling and field studies are welcome to any session. All sessions welcome freshwater, diadromous and marine fish research. We encourage research on juveniles to be presented. Conveners are included in red.
TOPIC 1. SETTLEMENT: QUANTIFICATION OF PROCESSES AND HABITATS
We welcome research and views on the quantification of settlement intensity and variability in space and time, identification of bottlenecks, as well of works on settlement habitat restoration or modification.
S1: Settlement in diverse seascapes. P. Puerta (Spain)/P.Lenfant (France)
TOPIC 2. ENVIRONMENTAL AND ANTHROPOGENIC EFFECTS ON EARLY LIFE STAGES
This session aims at featuring new research on the impact extrinsic factors, both environmental (S2) and anthropogenic (e.g. ocean acidification, noise, microplastic) (S3) on the growth, distribution, diversity, connectivity and abundance, behavior (e.g. navigation, predator avoidance, food acquisition) and /or survival in ELHS of fish. The use of ELHS traits as indicators is also welcomed.
S2: Non-anthropogenic drivers of ELHS traits: from genes to communities. C.Chambers & D.Margulies (USA)
S3: Anthropogenic impacts on ELHS. G.B. Nanninga (UK)
S4: Parental effects on ELHS. L. A. Fuiman (USA)
TOPIC 3. ELHS AND PREDATION: FROM MORTALITY TO FOOD WEB EFFECTS
We encourage the submission of works exploring the key role of predation, both from a perspective of fisheries recruitment (ELHS as prey, including growth-mortality paradigm etc, S5) and within the ecosystem, where ELHS act as predators of a largely understudied suite of plankton groups (S6). All sorts of approaches, from metabarcoding to modelling are welcome.
S5: Getting a handle on predation. P. Pepin & H. Murphy (Canada)
S6: ELHS within food webs. M. Peck (Germany)
TOPIC 4. THE BEHAVIORAL SIDE OF ELHS: FROM INDIVIDUALS TO ECOSYSTEMS
This session welcomes not only new advances on the study of behaviour (e.g. sensory apparatus, detection of pelagic signals, group behaviour, swimming speed) and its consequences on dispersal (e.g. orientation, navigation, transport, settlement, connectivity), but also emerging knowledge on fish personality, and their consequences for survival and management.
S7: Advances in ELHS behaviour: from individuals top populations. R. Faillettaz (USA)/ J. Alós (Spain)
TOPIC 5. IMPROVING ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT MODELS: CONTRIBUTION OF ELHS RESEARCH
This broad topic session welcomes ELHS research advancing our understanding on key evolutionary and ecological aspects of distribution and survival (S8), new approaches and data needed to understand resilience (S9), best practices and innovations in modelling the pelagic to recruit transition (S10) and examples of improved fisheries assessment through ELHS data incorporation (S11).
S8: Ecological and evolutionary processes affecting fish ELHS distribution and survival. L. Cianelli & A. Neuheimer (USA)
S9: ELH and reproductive resilience. S. Lowerre-Barbieri (USA)
S10: Advances in modelling the pelagic-settling-recruiting ELHS. C. B. Paris (USA)
S11: Linking ELH to assessment. D. Álvarez-Berastegui & M. Hidalgo (Spain)
TOPIC 6. ONTOGENY, SYSTEMATICS AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES
We encourage the submission of papers that use classic and new approaches for the description, identification and quantification of the morphology of early life history stages of fishes, including the influence of changing environmental factors.
S12: Ontogeny, systematics, taxonomy and New Technologies. P. Konstantinidis & J Webb (USA)
OTHER CONTRIBUTED PAPERS
Any other contribution of high quality not fitting the schedule will be included here
S.13. Other contributed papers. P.Reglero/I.Álvarez/I.Catalán (Spain)