We anticipate the availability of a limited amount of NSF funding to support the attendance of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers at the first Gordon Research Conference on Predator-Prey Interactions (January 5th-10th, 2014 in Ventura, CA; see the bottom of this announcement for more information regarding this conference). Preference will be given to underrepresented minorities and women; NSF regulations require that this funding be restricted to U.S. citizens. All awardees must present a poster on their research at the conference.


Successful applicants will receive a $500.00 credit towards the $1,000.00 cost of GRC attendance. The cost of attendance covers registration, meals, and hotel accommodations for the duration of the five-day conference, but DOES NOT include the cost of transportation to/from the conference.


Members of underrepresented minority groups are also encouraged to apply to the GRC-run Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship program (CSURM;, which provides 600.00 per student for registration and/or travel expenses. Eligible applicants can receive both CSURM and NSF funds; if CSURM funds are awarded, NSF funding will provide an additional $200.00 towards the cost of attendance.


To apply, send an E-mail to the Chair of the Program Advisory Committee (Evan Preisser; [log in to unmask]) that provides the following information:


1. Name

2. Country of citizenship (restricted to U.S. citizens)

3. Institution

4. A brief statement of your qualifications for receiving the award (e.g., career stage [postdoctoral researcher, Ph.D. candidate, Ph.D. student, M.S. student], member of preference group, etc.)

5. A 5-6 sentence description of how you would benefit from attendance at this conference.

6. A statement that, if you receive $500.00 in NSF funding, you will attend the conference and give a poster on your research.

7. A statement that, if you receive $500.00 in NSF funding, you possess financial resources sufficient to cover the remaining cost of attendance ($500.00 plus the cost of travel to/from Ventura CA)


All applications must be received by November 18th. There are only 20 places remaining for conference attendees, so please file your application ASAP. Successful applicants will be notified immediately after we receive the anticipated funding (estimated to be late November/early December).


If you have any questions, please contact Evan Preisser at [log in to unmask].


Gordon Research Conference on Predator-Prey Interactions


5-10 January, 2014; Ventura, California


The theme of this inaugural conference is


From Genes to Ecosystems to Human Mental Health


Liana Zanette (Chair, Western U), Andy Sih (Vice-Chair, UC Davis)


Gordon Conferences are recognized as the “world's premier scientific conferences”, where 150-200 leading investigators from across the globe meet biennially for a full week of intense discussion of the frontier research in their field.


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The goal of the Predator-Prey Interactions Gordon Research Conference is to explore the unique insights to be gained from an interdisciplinary focus on phenomena specific to predator-prey interactions, and our list of confirmed speakers and contributors accordingly includes ecologists, evolutionary biologist, neuroscientists, physiologists, developmental biologists and human psychologists.


The structure of the meeting aims to foster as much dialogue as possible in order to facilitate as many new collaborations as possible, that are sure to lead to new synergies and new avenues of research.


Please visit our updated website that includes details on registration, organization and the confirmed speakers.  Please spread the word about this exciting new conference among your colleagues and please also encourage post-docs and students to attend.  Our primary objective is to ensure that every attendee is an active participant.




Establishing an Interdisciplinary Approach to Predator-Prey Interactions

Larry Dill (Discussion leader), Oswald Schmitz, David Diamond


The Neurobiology of Predator-Induced Fear

Phillip Zoladz (Discussion leader), Joel Brown, Newton Canteras, Ajai Vyas, Jacqueline Blundell


Inducible Morphological Defences

Peter Eklöv (Discussion leader), Rick Relyea, Ralph Tollrian


Predators as Stressors: Integrating Human and Animal Models

Jay Schulkin (Discussion leader), Michael Clinchy, Michael Sheriff, Vivette Glover, Rachel Yehuda


Fear Effects on Population- and Ecosystem-Level Processes

Barbara Peckarsky (Discussion leader), Scott Creel, Dror Hawlena


Learning, Unlearning and Communicating Fear

Ken Lukowiak (Discussion leader), Maud Ferrari, Dan Blumstein, Robert Magrath, Peter Banks


Predators, Prey and Plants: Does Fear Make the World Green?

Evan Preisser (Discussion leader), Geoffrey Trussell, Mark Boyce


Restoring the Balance Between Predators and Prey

James Estes (Discussion leader), Craig Packer, Michael Heithaus, Bodil Elmhagen, David Macdonald


Evolutionary Ecology of Predator-Prey Interactions

Andrew Beckerman (Discussion leader), Johanna Mappes, Andy Sih




Zvika Abramsky, Brad Anholt, Joy Anogwih, Tiffany Armenta, Erica Baken, Adalbert Balog, Brandon Barton, Melissa Bateson, Lutz Becks, Peter Bednekoff, Jodi Berg, James Biardi, Chelsea Blake, Leon Blaustein, Sonny Bleicher, Rudy Boonstra, Stan Boutin, Darcy Bradley, Justin Brashares, Tomas Brodin, Grant Brown, Joseph Bump, Cole Burton, Alline Campos, Lauren Chaby, Anna Chalfoun, Simon Chamaille, Michael Cherry, Douglas Chivers, David Christianson, Rulon Clark, Alan Covich, Adam Crane, Will Cresswell, Chris Darimont, John DeLong, Wolfgang D'Hanis, Christopher Dickman, Ian Donohue, Sean Ehlman, Cady Etheredge, Esteban Fernandez-Juricic, Joseph Fontaine, Adam Ford, Alexander Forde, Daniel Fortin, Anke Frank, Tiffany Garcia, Grant Gilchrist, James Gilliam, Jarl Giske, Blaine Griffen, Daniel Gruner, Lars-Anders Hansson, James Harwood, Gustav Hellstrom, Andrew Higginson, Mark Hixon, Thomas Hossie, Emily Jones, Francis Juanes, Sara Kaiser, Tania  Kim, Ryan Kindermann, Michel Kohl, Amanda Koltz, Burt Kotler, Billy Krimmel, Joseph LaManna, David Lank, Jessica Laskowski, John Laundré, Anssi Laurila, Sophia Lavergne, Taal Levi, Binbin Li, Steven Litvin, Robert Lonsinger, Barney Luttbeg, Ross Macleod, Dan MacNulty, Elizabeth Madin, Peter Mahoney, Katie McGhee, Evelyn Merrill, Lindsey Messinger, Jennie Miller, Rupshi Mitra, Andrea Morehouse, Chiara Morosinotto, Dennis Murray, Rahmat Naddafi,Thomas Newsome, Tobin Northfield, Maria Ocasio-Torres, John Orrock, Juan Oteyza, Marinde Out, Paul Paquet, Scott Peacor, Blake Pellman, Sinthya Penn, Rolf Peterson, Nicholas Pilfold, Lauren Pintor, Catharine Pritchard, Laura Prugh, Jennifer Rehage, Pamela Reynolds, April Ridlon, Euan Ritchie, Gary Roemer, Bernard Roitberg, Adam Rosenblatt, Timothy Roth, Lauren Sallan, Stuart Sandin, Ken Schmidt, Rebecca Selden, Vahan Serobyan, Robert Serrouya, Jonathan Shurin, Michael Sitvarin, David Skelly, Justine Smith, Theodore Stankowich, Adrian Stier, Silke Storsberg, Justin Suraci, Aimee Tallian, Maria Thaker, Jennifer Thaler, Sarah Thomsen, Robert Thomson, Henrik Thurfjell, Strahan Tucker, Abi Vanak, Benjamin Van Allen, Sacha Vignieri, Kevina Vulinec, Aaron Wagner, Robert Warner, Wolfgang Weisser, Shawn Wilder, Terrie Williams, Christopher Wilmers




Evan Preisser, Associate Professor

Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Rhode Island

9 E. Alumni Ave., Kingston RI 02881 USA

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