Species on the Move
International Conference Series

This successful inaugural conference was held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia from 9 to 12 February 2016.

The global redistribution of our planets’ species is widely recognised as a fingerprint of climate change, however, the mechanisms that underpin such range shifts are poorly understood. Additionally, the pervasiveness of range shifts, from poles to the equator, and depths of oceans to tops of mountains, provides us with unique opportunity to advance our theory of biogeography, evolutionary ecology and macroecology.

Our move into the ‘anthropocene’ allows unprecedented opportunity to understand the mechanisms that drive species distributions across ecosystems and address the fundamental tenet of ecology: what lives where and why?  However, such dramatic changes also pose significant challenges for sustainable management of our natural resources.

The conference brings together scientists and natural resource managers working in the disciplines of global change, biogeography and evolution, and relevant in contexts of natural resource management, biodiversity management and conservation, and theoretical ecology.

Species responses to climate change is a rapidly evolving research field, however, much of our progress is being made in independent research areas: e.g. understanding the process vs responding to the implications, terrestrial vs marine ecosystems, global meta-analyses vs in depth species-specific approaches. This interdisciplinary conference develops connections between these parallel streams, and across temporal and spatial scales.

Associate Professor Gretta Pecl & Professor Warwick Sauer

Conference Co-Convenors

Species on the Move 2019

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Co-Convenors

Warwick Sauer
Head of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science Department, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

Gretta Pecl
Director, Centre of Marine Socioecology & Professor, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, UTAS, Tasmania, Australia

Organising and Scientific Steering Committee

Amy Angert
University of British Columbia, Canada

I-Ching Chen
Department of Life Sciences, National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan

Birgitta Evengård
Umeå universitet, Sweden.

Roger Griffis
National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, USA

David Obura
CORDIO, Kenya

Elvira Poloczanska
Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany

Warren Potts
Rhodes University, South Africa

Morgan Tingley
University of Connecticut, United States

Grete K. Hovelsrud
Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research, Norway

Nikki Breedt
University of Capetown, South Africa

Omar Defeo
Titular Professor, Universidad de la República, Uruguay.

Michelle Greve
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Tero Mustonen
Snowchange, Finland

Nathalie Pettorelli
Zoological Society London, U’K

Katya Popova
National Oceanography Centre, U.K.

Neville Sweijd
ACCESS, South Africa

Bruce Webber
CSIRO, Australia

Early Career Committee

Curtis Champion
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), UTAS & CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

Raquel Garcia
Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Shane Morris
D.E.E.P. University of Tasmania

Nicola Downey-Breedt
Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science, South Africa

Carla Edworthy
South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity

Phillipa McCormack
Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia

April Reside
Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, University of Queensland

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Inaugural Conference Sponsors

We acknowledge the generous support of the following sponsors of the 2016 conference.

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Species on the Move

An International Conference Series

The conference brings together scientists and natural resource managers working in the disciplines of global change, biogeography and evolution, and relevant in contexts of natural resource management, biodiversity management and conservation, and theoretical ecology.


Species responses to climate change is a rapidly evolving research field, however, much of our progress is being made in independent research areas: e.g. understanding the process vs responding to the implications, terrestrial vs marine ecosystems, global meta-analyses vs in depth species-specific approaches. This interdisciplinary conference develops connections between these parallel streams, and across temporal and spatial scales.

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