Multiple stressors and ecological complexity in aquatic systems

Start Date: 

23 Jun 2017 (All day)
Leiden University

23 June 2017

Realistic predictions of how existing and emerging anthropogenic stressors (e.g. climate change, pesticides and nutrients) affect our natural environment and the organisms therein are essential for targeted ecosystem management. Historically, scientific studies have focused on the effects of single anthropogenic stressors and single ecosystems. However, it is increasingly recognized that multiple anthropogenic stressors can interact and that anthropogenic pressures resonate beyond ecosystem boundaries. This CWE symposium unites research on various stressors and natural complexity, focusing on aquatic ecosystems.

Mirco Bundschuh (SLU, Uppsala): Effects of contaminants across ecosystem boundaries: Concept and experimental design.

Annemarie van Wezel (Utrecht University/KWR): Understanding and mitigating risks of chemicals in (ground)water systems. 

James Campbell and Hans Slabbekoorn (Leiden University): Sound impact on fish: From individual hearing to population effects.

Alessandro Manfrin (IGB, Berlin): Artificial light at night alters fluxes and community structure in recipient aquatic ecosystems.

Ellard Hunting (Leiden University): Cascading effects of stressors on detrital food webs.

Milo de Baat and Michiek Kraak (University of Amsterdam): Innovating ecotoxicological water quality assessment.

Thijs Bosker and Nyncke Blomer (Leiden University College): Modeling population-level impacts of stressors on sheepshead minnow in the Gulf of Mexico.

Luc De Meester (KU Leuven): Genetic adaptation to a mosaic of environmental stressors.

Els Smit (RIVM): Water quality policy in a European context: Looking for the right tools to protect aquatic ecosystems.