Meeting Abstract

S1-1  Thursday, Jan. 5 08:00 - 08:30  Behavioural and cognitive ecology of predation risk assessment in a changing world FERRARI, Maud C.O.; University of Saskatchewan, Canada maud.ferrari@usask.ca https://sites.google.com/site/maudcoferrari

Almost all organisms on Earth live in environments that have been altered, often drastically, by humans, via habitat destruction, the spread of exotic species, pollution or climate change. In the context of predation, such environmental change can disrupt a number of steps in the predation sequence, leading to change in the natural balance of interactions between predators and prey. In my talk, I will highlight the ways in which such alterations can modify the sensory and behavioural ecology of risk assessment by aquatic prey, and by extension, profoundly modify the outcome of predator-prey interactions.