Marine Eco-Systems BiologyInternal

Bridging environmental and ecological data with integrated ‘omics to understand and predict future seagrass ecosystems under global/climate change


Activity Overview

Type: Foresight Workshop
Start Date: March 14, 2016
End Date: March 16, 2016
Venue: Odense (Denmark)
Contact: Florian Weinberger
E-mail: fweinberger [at]
Funding Call: EuroMarine 2015 Call for Proposals
Decision Body: EuroMarine Steering Committee
Total Budget: €15,500
Funds Granted: €7,500

Manager(s): Florian Weinberger
Co-organiser(s): Nuria Marbà, Eugenia Apostolaki

The effects of environmental pressures on seagrasses on a molecular level is crucial to understanding the mechanism of declining seagrass populations. This workshop at the University of Southern Denmark will bring together experts in the fields of seagrass ecology and seagrass biology to discuss the integration of the multi ‘omics approach with biogeochemical and population ecological data. This will boost the understanding of how and when seagrasses will be affected by environmental stress.

The overall objective is to identify the framework needed to facilitate marine ecosystems biology to improve the understanding of these ecosystems under change. This workshop will culminate in a position paper synthesising the current knowledge and methods, and provide a road map for the methods, approaches and interdisciplinary demands needed to realise seagrass ecosystems biology.

This workshop will bring together 25 key players to present a marine ecosystems biological tool-box, devising guidelines for integrated multi ‘omics research ranging from aquaria to mesocosm to field that will be used by all scientists working in this field. Both the position paper and the ecosystems tool-box will form the foundation to involve a more holistic approach to seagrass research. The outcomes will facilitate and potentially ignite a paradigm shift in coastal marine ecology providing a more holistic picture of how seagrass ecosystems will thrive in future oceans under global and climate change.

This work will link to other national and European projects such as the Zostera genome project, the Bio-acid project and the RECCAM project.