EEF 2019 | 15th EEF – European Ecological Federation Congress

Evolutionary ecology in the marine realm


Joana Robalo | MARE-ISPA

Frederico Almada | MARE-ISPA



Rosa Chefaoui | CCMAR



In this symposium we aim to understand how different environmental and species specific characteristics conditioned the evolution of different taxa (vertebrates, invertebrates and algae) along European shores. Cues for the estimation of different scenarios in the future are also topics to discuss.
The inshore species that now occur in west Europe vary in their thermal tolerances, life-history patterns and biogeographic origins, among other factors. These factors have an important role in the explanation of diverse evolutionary patterns also related with post-glacial recolonization from Pleistocenic marine refugia. As a result, different distributional and phylogeographic patterns were observed in the past and may condition the near future under a climate change framework.
The identification of the main phylogeographic patterns and barriers, but also future scenarios in the Mediterranean and northeastern Atlantic European shores, require a multi species comparison approach and a broad knowledge of present and past ecological conditions. Unraveling these patterns may help to unlock future research that depends on basic evolutionary information.


Short Presentations

Disentangling ecological variables affecting population structure and genetic connectivity - a meta-analysis of fish species from the north-eastern Atlantic.
Joana Robalo

Climate-driven distributional shifts of seagrasses and algae: from past to future
Rosa Chefaoui

Relevance for future studies - A case study with venomous fish
Frederico Almada

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