Conference Programme

Conference Programme


Monday 30 October

19:00 – 22:00           Foyer

Registration and welcome reception


Tuesday 31 October

09:00 09:15           Seminar Room

Bernt-Erik Sæther – Welcome address

Session 1: Behaviour

09:15 – 10:00           Seminar Room

Ben Sheldon – Social processes in a community of Paridae

10:00 10:20          Seminar Room

Tore Slagsvold – On the use of heterospecific information in birds

10:20  10:35          Foyer

10:35  10:55          Seminar Room
Jesús Martínez-Padilla – Evolutionary dynamics in wild birds: from single populations to multiple species

10:55 – 11:15          Seminar Room
Friederike Hillemann – Diurnal patterns of the production and use of food-related information in Parid flocks

11:15 – 11:35          Seminar Room
Tomasz Wesołowski – Adaptations of birds to tree holes: insights from long-term studies in primeval conditions

11:15 – 11:35          Seminar Room
Eva Serrano-Davies – Personality-related differences in response to habitat in Mediterranean blue tits


Session 2: Physiology

11:55 12:40           Seminar Room

Jan-Åke Nilsson – Body temperature and immune defence

12:40 13:00          Seminar Room
Anna Dubiec – Interaction types between four genera of haemoparasites in blue tit females

13:00 14:30          Restaurant & Foyer

14:30 14:50          Seminar Room
Roger Colominas-Ciuró – Distinct foraging behaviours differently constrain the physiological state in a hole-nesting seabird, the Scopoli’s shearwater (Calonectris diomedea)

14:50 15:10          Seminar Room
Sylvie Massemin – Effects of urban environment on health in the great tits

15:10 15:30          Seminar Room
Szymon Drobniak – Interaction between genetic effects and experimentally manipulated pre-hatching hormonal conditions

15:30  15:45          Foyer


Session 3: Population Dynamics

15:45 16:30           Seminar Room

Marlène Gamelon – Age-specific contributions to the dynamics of hole-nesting birds

16:30 16:50          Seminar Room
Toni Laaksonen – The importance of conservation measures for pied flycatchers breeding in the boreal landscape dominated by forest management

16:50 17:10          Seminar Room
Gábor Seress – Impact of urbanization on abundance and phenology of caterpillars and consequences for breeding in an insectivorous bird


Session 4: Posters

17:10 19:00           Seminar Room
Poster presentations

19:30                      Restaurant


Wednesday 1 November

Session 5: Movement

09:00 09:45          Seminar Room

Erik Matthysen – Individual variation in dispersal in great tits

09:45 10:05          Seminar Room
Yimen Araya-Ajoy – Spatio-temporal variation in emigration and immigration is density-dependent in a house sparrow metapopulation

10:05 10:25          Seminar Room
Luis Cadahia – Advancement of spring arrival in a long-term study of a passerine bird: sex, age and environmental effects

10:25  10:40          Foyer


Session 6: Speciation

10:40 11:25           Seminar Room

Anna Qvarnström – Speciation in hole-nesting birds: any general lessons so far?

11:25  11:45          Seminar Room
Martyn Stenning – The Blue Tit

11:45  12:05          Seminar Room
Malcolm Burgess – Citizen science for the study of hole-nesting birds: UK examples and emerging opportunities

12:05 13:30          Restaurant & Foyer


Session 7: Genetics & Genomics

13:30 14:15           Seminar Room

Jon Slate – The significance of genetic variation in wild tit populations

14:15  14:35          Seminar Room
Kees van Oers – Avian ecological epigenetics: what do we know about DNA methylation in hole-breeding passerines

14:35  14:55          Seminar Room
Henrik Jensen – Consequences of demographic processes for genetic drift in house sparrows

14:55  15:15          Seminar Room
Erica Ponzi – Estimating heritability and response to selection in the presence of phenotypic error

15:15  15:30          Foyer

15:30  16:15          Seminar Room
Phillip Gienapp – Phenotypic evolution in tits: have we identified the important processes?

16:15  16:35          Seminar Room
Thomas Kvalnes – Reversal of response to artificial selection on body size in a wild passerine

16:35  16:55          Seminar Room
Veronika Laine – Gene expression linked to timing of reproduction in the great tit


Session 8: Discussion

16:55  17:10           Seminar Room
Requests for discussions, meetings, collaborations

17:10  19:00           Discussion Room 14, Foyer & Seminar Room
Group discussion

19:30                      Restaurant


Thursday 2 November

Session 9: Life History

09:00 09:45          Seminar Room

Christiaan Both – Ongoing adjustment of flycatcher phenology in response to climate change: evolution in action?

09:45 10:05          Seminar Room
Marta Szulkin – The evolutionary ecology of passerines in the Anthropocene

10:05  10:25          Seminar Room
Peter Santema – Complete brood loss in blue tits is almost always associated with the sudden and permanent disappearance of a parent

10:25  10:40          Foyer

10:40  11:25          Seminar Room
David Westneat – Layers of variance in the parental care of hole-nesting birds and what they might mean

11:25  11:45          Seminar Room
Nathanial Warning – Structural nest cavity modification using stones

11:45  12:05          Seminar Room
Rienk Fokkema – Family planning under social competition

12:05  13:30          Restaurant & Foyer


Session 10: Climate Change

13:30  14:15           Seminar Room

Marcel Visser – Hole-nesting passerines in a warming world

14:15  14:35          Seminar Room
Josefa Bleu – An experimental increase of nestbox temperature during egg-laying affects maternal effects and nestling health in great tits

14:35  14:55          Seminar Room
Liam Bailey – Do responses to temperature vary spatially in the great tit (Parus major)?

14:55  15:15          Seminar Room
Valeria Jennings – Eco-evolutionary dynamics of a sexually selected trait in a Mediterranean population of pied flycatchers

15:15  15:30          Foyer

15:30  15:50          Seminar Room
Jelmer Samplonius – Phenological sensitivity to climate change is higher in resident than in migrant bird populations among European cavity breeders

15:50  16:10          Seminar Room
Tomas Pärt – Seasonal decline in fitness: its causes and its relation to warmer springs in northern wheatears

16:10  16:30          Seminar Room
Bernt-Erik Sæther – Concluding remarks

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Time and place
October 30 - November 2, 2017
Scandic Lerkendal, Trondheim, Norway


For further information on the conference, please contact Stefan Vriend.

For further information on the satellite meeting, please contact Alina Niskanen.


Organized by
Centre for biodiversity dynamics Norwegian University of Science and Technology