Round-table discussions

Table 1. Pier Buttigieg:  “Capturing the knowledge surrounding trait-based  modelling: creating flexible basis to link data across and beyond the domain”

Table 2. Naomi Levine:  What are the key measurements that experimentalists should make in order to facilitate/improve the inclusion of trait-trade-offs in numerical models? Are there alternatives to growth rate as a metric for evaluating the ‘winning’ strategy?

Table 3. Jan Heuchele: Improving the the collaboration between modellers and experimentalists. Here we discuss the best approaches to present experimental and modelling results, data, and hypotheses to ensure that our publications matter.

Table 4. Colleen Mouw: How do we integrate across observational technologies observing traits at different levels?

Table 5. Alex Ryabov: How can we link morphological and behavioral traits with physiological traits?

Table 6. Meike Vogt:  From cells to the globe – traits across spatio-temporal scales Are relationships between trait characteristics and environmental or ecological properties conserved across different spatio-temporal scales? I.e. which links between individual or community-scale trait characteristics, environmental conditions and/or ecological function can we observe in the laboratory, at the ecosystem scale in mesocosms or at time series stations, or for point observations on cruises? And what expectations do we expect to confirm for trait biogeography at the macroecological scale?

Table 7. Neil Banas: What management and policy problems in marine ecology (like climate impacts, fisheries, water quality, harmful algal blooms) would benefit from a trait-based approach? How would we get started?”

Table 8. Colin Kremer:  Pitfalls and possibilities of trait-environment relationships – how do we identify them, what do they really mean, and how can we apply them?

Table 9. Andre Visser. Are traits interesting in themselves, or do they only take on significant meaning in light of the trade-offs they invariably engender?

Table 10. Ken Andersen. How does temperature changes affect physiology? A changing temperature affects all physiological processes in an organism.  How does the differential responses of different processes manifest themselves in organismal-level responses, such as maximum growth rate? What are the traits that control whether an organisms can tolerate a narrow or a wide range of temperatures?  And, what is the interaction between temperature responses and traits, such as body size.