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[Computational-biology] Call for Applications: Stoichiometric Ecotoxicology, a NIMBioS Investigative Workshop

Catherine Crawley via comp-bio%40net.bio.net (by ccrawley from nimbios.org)
Tue Jul 25 13:27:57 EST 2017


The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 
(NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its Investigative Workshop, 
"Stoichiometric Ecotoxicology," to be held January 17-19, 2018, at NIMBioS.

*Objectives:* Accurately assessing the risks of contaminants requires 
more than an understanding of the effects of contaminants on individual 
organisms, but requires further understanding of complex ecological 
interactions, elemental cycling, and interactive effects of natural and 
contaminant stressors. There is increasing evidence that organisms 
experience interactive effects of contaminant stressors and food 
conditions, such as resource stoichiometry and nutrient availability. 
The development of ecotoxicological models over the last few decades 
have significantly contributed to interpreting how contaminants impact 
organisms and cycle through food webs. Existing modeling efforts take a 
variety of approaches to predict the effects of diverse chemical 
contaminants on organismal growth and survival; however, current models 
do not consider dynamical interactive effects of contaminant stressors 
and stoichiometric constraints, such as nutrient/light availability and 
food quality. This investigative workshop will provide a forum for 
discussions of incorporating multiple essential elements and 
contaminants in ecotoxicological models. The discussions and breakout 
sessions throughout the workshop will shed light on nutrient and 
chemical contaminant cycling and can ultimately help improve 
toxicological risk assessment protocols. The objectives for the workshop 
include:

  * Discussing the importance of linking Ecological Stoichiometry with
    Ecotoxicology and summarizing the current state of the synthesis of
    these two theories
  * Formulating a series of empirically testable and robust models of
    individual and population dynamics subject to stoichiometric
    constraints and contaminant stressors
  * Identifying future directions for models to be used in practice for
    ecological risk assessments and determining areas where empirical
    data are lacking in order to parameterize, test, and improve the models

*Location:* NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville;

*Co-Organizers:* Angela Peace, Mathematics and Statistics, Texas Tech 
Univ. and Paul Frost, Biology, Trent Univ.

For more information about the workshop and a link to the online 
application form, go to http://www.nimbios.org/workshops/WS_ecotox

Participation in NIMBioS workshops is by application only. Individuals 
with a strong interest in the topic are encouraged to apply, and 
successful applicants will be notified within two weeks after the 
application deadline. If needed, financial support for travel, meals, 
and lodging is available for workshop attendees.
*
**Application deadline: September 25, 2017*

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 
(NIMBioS) (http://www.nimbios.org) brings together researchers from 
around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to 
investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life 
sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, with 
additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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