Species on the Move International Conference

Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
9 – 12 February 2016

The global redistribution of our planets’ species is widely recognised as a fingerprint of climate change, however, the mechanisms that underpin such range shifts are poorly understood. Additionally, the pervasiveness of range shifts, from poles to the equator, and depths of oceans to tops of mountains, provides us with unique opportunity to advance our theory of biogeography, evolutionary ecology and macroecology.

Our move into the ‘anthropocene’ allows unprecedented opportunity to understand the mechanisms that drive species distributions across ecosystems and address the fundamental tenet of ecology: what lives where and why?  However, such dramatic changes also pose significant challenges for sustainable management of our natural resources.

We see this conference targeting scientists and natural resource managers working in the disciplines of global change, biogeography and evolution, and relevant in contexts of natural resource management, biodiversity management and conservation, and theoretical ecology.

Species responses to climate change is a rapidly evolving research field, however, much of our progress is being made in independent research areas: e.g. understanding the process vs responding to the implications, terrestrial vs marine ecosystems, global meta-analyses vs in depth species-specific approaches. This interdisciplinary conference would develop connections between these parallel streams, and across temporal and spatial scales.

If you or your organisation/society would like to help shape this exciting conference, please contact Dr Gretta Pecl (Gretta.Pecl@utas.edu.au) or Professor Stephen Williams (Stephen.Williams@jcu.edu.au) for more information.

Associate Professor Gretta Pecl & Professor Stephen Williams

Conference Co-Convenors

A series of selected presentations from the conference will be recorded and made available after the conference, along with an edited video of conference highlights, thanks to the generous support provide by the 2A4 small grants scheme (2a4.org).

Public Forum - Tuesday 9 February

Species on the Move: How is Nature Responding to Climate Change?

Plants and animals all over the world are responding to warming temperatures, many by shifting where they live. Join this team of international experts to learn about the surprising ways climate change is affecting the planets natural ecosystems – from the Arctic to the tropics, on land and in the ocean. Hear first-hand how a changing climate is impacting Indigenous communities in the Arctic. This special event will feature a series of short talks followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.Click here for more information on how to apply. »

Video Competition

The global redistribution of our planet’s species is widely recognised as a fingerprint of climate change, however, the mechanisms that underpin such range shifts are poorly understood. Species responses to climate change is a rapidly evolving multi-disciplinary research field and we are hosting an international conference that brings together global experts across many disciplines.

We are excited to launch a research video competition that aims to showcase & reward scientists for engaging their research with both the public and colleagues outside their own field.

Videos can be uploaded from any student or scientist affiliated with a research paper at our international conference in Hobart, Australia, in Feb, 2016 – with two separate prizes on offer.

A ‘People’s Choice Award’ as voted by the public has a prize of $1000, while a ‘Conference Award’ will also be selected by all attendees of the conference, with a prize of a Tasmanian food and gift pack.Click here for more information on how to apply. »

Conference Sponsors


Species on the Move is hosted by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and the School of Biological Sciences (Zoology and Plant Sciences) at the University of Tasmania, with support also provided by the School of Land and Food and the Faculty of Law.



Nation Climate Change Adaption Research Facility



The Land and Water and Oceans and Atmosphere Flagships proudly support the Species on the Move conference



Greening Australia is undertaking strategic revegetation projects to offset the carbon emissions from this event.



The ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) is proud to sponsor the “Decision-making for assisted colonisation as a climate change adaptation strategy” session of Species on the Move.



Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre



This event is proudly supported by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery


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The Ian Potter Foundation is one of Australia’s major philanthropic foundations. The Foundation makes grants nationally to support charitable organisations working to benefit the community across a wide range of sectors including the Arts, environment, science, medical research, education and community wellbeing. The Ian Potter Foundation aims to support and promote a healthy, vibrant and fair community for the benefit of all Australians.


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Sponsorship Opportunities

The Species on the Move Conference has a range of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities for organisations to support the conference. Visit the sponsors page to see the options.

Please contact  Ben Thiessen at Conference Design to discuss your requirements.

Mentor Matching

We’d really like to help you get connected with some new people so you can make the most of Species on the Move. Following similar successful programs at other recent conferences, let us know if you’d like to be matched up.

We arrange the matches and then you arrange to meet up for lunch on one of the conference days. The Mentor agrees to help introduce the Mentee to at least 3-4 new people over the duration of the conference, and then everybody, whether they are a direct participant in Mentor Matching or not, gets to meet new people – it’s that easy!

More information…

4 September

Abstract submissions due.

16 November

Early registration closes.

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