Evolution and Ecology of Parasitic and Symbiotic Crustaceans

Symposium Organiser:
Benny Chan, Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica, TAIWAN
Niklas Dreyer, Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica, TAIWAN

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Crustaceans can be found in almost all ecological niches around the globe, ranging from shallow, tropical reefs to seamounts of the deep. Here, they are important players of whole ecosystems and local communities. Moreover, they exhibit an extraordinary diversity of lifestyles, morphological features, sexual systems, and mating strategies. Therefore, crustaceans have furnished a particularly attractive theatre for addressing both theoretical and empirical issues ever since the times of Darwin, and this has even extended to trying to understand the origin and radiation of parasitic and symbiotic relationships since such lifestyles have evolved and interchanged within the group a wealth of times in mesmerizingly different ways. Surprisingly, therefore, the ecology and biology of such extreme lifestyles have largely been understudied. With the advancing of molecular and microscopic tools and approaches, however, studying the evolutionary histories and adaptations to parasitism and symbiosis in crustaceans have recently intensified. As a result, we believe the time is right for a symposium where a broad spectrum of biological disciplines, including ecology, anatomy, and phylogeny, are joining forces in an attempt to both understanding the fascinating and important diversity of symbiotic and parasitic crustaceans. This symposium concerns the whole Crustacea, will focus on the latest research of the field and welcomes especially talks taking an integrative approach

Invited Speakers:

James Bernot, George Washington University, USA
Yue Him Wong, Institute of Advanced Studies, Shenzhen University, CHINA

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