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7. Adaptation and Phenotypic Plasticity in Marine Species as a Response to Global Change

Session organizers:

Celia Schunter, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.
Timothy Ravasi, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.
Moises Bernal, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

Contact E-mail: celia.schunter@kaust.edu.sa

Anthropogenic activities are causing the global climate to change at an unprecedented rate. A plethora of studies have suggested that anomalies in ocean temperature can result in severe drawbacks to the ecology and behaviour of marine species. Further, an increase in concentration of atmospheric CO2 will lead to the disruption of key processes such as calcification, development during larval stages and predator and prey recognition.

Most of these studies, however, do not take into account the capacity of marine organisms to acclimate and adapt. Environmental conditions similar to the ones predicted for the near future occur naturally in fractions of a species’ distribution. Recent studies have highlighted the genetic mechanism by which these populations have adapted locally to these exceptional environments. Further, due to standing genetic variation within populations, a subset of individuals can be more resistant to predicted conditions, aiding in their future persistence. Meanwhile, plastic responses that organisms may express under various conditions have been suggested as a mechanism that could enable acclimation and can be passed on across generations.

This session will address the interplay of both mechanisms of genetic adaptation and phenotypic plasticity and their role in long-term adaptation of marine organisms to changing environments. The goal is to assemble cross-disciplinary studies from a variety of taxa and biological scales, which is imperative to understand the fate of marine ecosystems in the upcoming decades.


Lisa Shama - Coping with ocean climate change: transgenerational plasticity, bet-hedging and cryptic genetic variation in marine stickleback

Celia Schunter - Genetic variation and phenotypic plasticity in the response to ocean acidification

Linda Sartoris - Local genetic adaptation and transgenerational plasticity in the broad-nosed pipefish in relation to Baltic Sea salinity changes

Jakob Gismann - Expression patterns reveal components of transgenerational plasticity in Baltic three-spined sticklebacks

Moisés Bernal - Are parental thermal conditions the defining factor for transgenerational plasticity in a coral reef fish?

Melanie Heckwolf - From acclimation to adaptation - the role of genetic variation and phenotypic plasticity

Christian Pansch - Acclimation or adaptation of a marine invertebrate to salinity gradients and acidification

Luca Rugiu - Tolerance to climate change of the clonally reproducing Baltic endemic seaweed

Carlos Prada - Divergence in Gene Expression Between Sister Species of Candelabrum Corals Adapted to different depths

Anna Godhe - Evolution of a key phytoplankton species to anthropogenic stress: evidence from revived strains accumulated in fjord sediments over the last century

Björn Andersson - Copper pollution as a driver of inter- and intra-specific selection in diatoms

Nina Therkildsen - Genomic underpinnings of rapid fisheries-induced evolution

Filip Volckaert - A genetic basis for fisheries-induced life history changes in flatfish

Cecilia Helmerson - Genome wide impact of anthropogenic changes during the 20th Century in Northeast Arctic cod

Felix Mittermayer - Ocean Acidification as a Stealth Stressor to Atlantic cod larvae

Joaquin Nunez - Natural selection shapes functional genetic variation at intertidal microhabitats in the Northern Acorn Barnacle

Pierre De Wit - Biomineralization and selective mortality of developing larvae of the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas under pCO2 stress

Lisette Mekkes - Impact of ocean acidification on Limacina helicina pteropods in the California Current Ecosystem

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