The dark period represents a significant part of the day during which many animals are active. Yet, relatively little is known about behaviours and interactions among organisms, largely due to technical obstacles of observing animals in darkness. In a recent review published in American Naturalist (2019, Vol 193: 481-502), Kevin Gaston launched Nighttime Ecology as a largely untapped field, which however now is ripe for exploration thanks to the rapid technological developments when it comes to study and track animals. For example, miniature dataloggers can now be used to record full annual cycles in nocturnal creatures such as migrating nightjars and bats.
Inspired by the new opportunities we are happy to invite to an international symposium focusing on nighttime ecology, where topics will cover (i) new insights about physiology and behaviour in nocturnal and crepuscular animals, (ii) daytime-nighttime ecological interactions, (iii) circadian rhythms, (iv) navigating in the dark (v) anthropological effects on nocturnal animals, and (vi) new techniques for ecological studies in the dark. We will cover a wide range of organisms and ecological questions concerning the dark period of the day, with the hope to offer an inspiring meeting that will generate new ideas for further exploration of this fascinating area.
The symposium is free of charge and is open for anyone interested in nighttime ecology. Registration will open 15 April.
in alphabetic order
Gabriel Norevik, Carlos Camacho, Susanne Åkesson, Anders Hedenström
Gabriel [dot] Norevik [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se