Traits Past, Present, and future: Quantitative approaches to conservation and climate change biology in Africa
National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi
March 6 – 8, 2017
This event will bring together paleontologists, ecologists, and quantitative biologists to discuss how data from paleontology, modern ecology, and conservation biology can be integrated to provide a comprehensive framework for monitoring and measuring ecosystem structure, function, and health through space and time.
The main goals of this event are to: (1) discuss the latest methods for using ecometrics as proxies for past and future environment estimation; (2) provide an overview of East African environmental and biotic change from the Neogene to today; and, (3) examine the potential of ecometrics for understanding East African biotic and climate histories and to forecast future trait responses to climate change. This event will additionally include a workshop examining ecometric traits preserved in the fossil collections of the National Museums of Kenya. We plan on hosting around 20 invited presentations with each talk lasting about 30 minutes. We aim to have a 50-50 trainee mix of participants from African nations and elsewhere.