Aspen Center for Biophysics: Workshop on Microscale Ocean Biophysics

Just got this from the Moore Foundation ..

Dear colleague,

The MMI team would like to apprise you of the following meeting on microscale ocean processes. Please share with potentially interested colleagues; the application deadline is quickly approaching — October 15, 2014. Further information can be found at and

Workshop on Microscale Ocean Biophysics

At Aspen center for physics

11-16 January 2015

Application deadline: 15 October

This highly interdisciplinary meeting will focus on how physical processes affect aquatic organisms at small scales, and thereby the global processes in oceans and lakes that microorganisms overwhelmingly govern. Over the past two decades, there has been a growing realization that the ecology of these organisms depends not only on the bulk environmental conditions, but also crucially on small-scale biophysical interactions and microscale heterogeneity in the physical and chemical conditions. It is becoming clear that physical processes play a fundamental role in shaping the microscale landscapes that form the arena in which these organisms forage, reproduce and encounter each other. A key goal of this meeting is to help advance our understanding of aquatic ecosystems by replacing current statistical and heuristic descriptions with a mechanistic understanding of the component processes. This cannot be achieved without a strong appeal to small-scale fluid physics, mass transport, active suspensions, turbulence, and mechanics in general. The result is a rich landscape of opportunities for physicists, mathematicians, chemists and engineers to be involved in oceanographic and environmental problems, and for oceanographers, biologists and ecologists to inspire and utilize physical concepts and approaches more pervasively. The vision underpinning this meeting is that the interdisciplinary application and advancement of these topics in the context of oceanographic processes will greatly improve our understanding of how organism life is constrained and has evolved to exploit the fundamental laws of physics.

Deadline to apply is October 15, 2014

Apply here:

Roman Stocker (MIT)
Stuart Humphries (University of Hull)
Thomas Kiørboe (Technical University of Denmark)
Lee Karp-Boss (University of Maine)
Justin Seymour (University of Technology, Sydney)

About Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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