Constraints on species’ ranges and niche evolution

Congressi Stefano Franscini (CSF) | 14 to 18 April 2021 | Ascona, Switzerland


Aims & Scope

The aim of the conference is to synthesize perspectives on the causes of range limits and constraints on the evolution of the ecological niche. We will emphasise the warm edge of species’ distributions, where eco-evolutionary limits on distributions are more complex and less well understood compared to the cold edge. Our goal is to bring together researchers with ecophysiological, genomic, quantitative genetic, and community ecology perspectives to share ideas and find ways to generate new insights by combining these complementary approaches to study ecological niches.

This conference involves a maximum of 80 participants interacting closely during scientific presentations and informal conversations, sharing meals in a beautiful setting at Monte Verità in southern Switzerland. The scientific program will consist of posters, 15-minute talks, 40-minute keynote talks, and breakout sessions.

Focus & Keynotes

Genomics of adaptation to environmental gradients and evidence of constraints on adaptation
Frédéric Guillaume, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Stéphanie Manel, CNRS Montpellier, France
Alex Widmer, ETH-Zurich, Switzerland

Ecophysiology of coping with abiotic stress; trade-offs and costs
Michael Angilletta, Arizona State University, USA
Alistair Jump, University of Stirling, Great Britain
Sonja Wipf, WSL-SLF Davos, Switzerland

Natural selection and the response to environmental shifts
Amy Angert, University of British Columbia, Canada
Jon Bridle, University of Bristol, Great Britain
Ary Hoffmann, University of Melbourne, Australia

Community context of adaptation at range limits
Jake Alexander, ETH-Zurich, Switzerland
Mark McPeek, Dartmouth College, USA
Ophélie Ronce, University of Montpellier, France