SICB Annual Meeting 2020
January 3-7, 2020
Austin, TX

Symposium S9: Applied Functional Biology: linking ecological morphology to conservation and management

The goal of the symposium is to reveal how basic science can inform other disciplines whose goals are more practical or applied. A substantial (and growing) number of researchers, particularly those who attend the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB), work at the interface of organisms and their environment. Too often, academic scientists overlook insights that organismal, or functional, biologists can bring to the understanding of natural history, ecology, and conservation of species. Likewise, natural resource managers are mainly concerned with population sizes, while often ignoring key functional traits that might explain fluctuations in population size. Our intention for this symposium is: 1) bring to light current and future research efforts in functional and ecological morphology that can address issues of concern to wildlife management and conservation, and 2) show how such studies can result in measurable outputs useful to regulatory agencies. Symposium topics will reveal past, present, and/or future collaborations between functional morphologists/ biomechanists and conservation/wildlife biologists. Presenters will demonstrate specifically how data gathered principally to address fundamental academic questions regarding the causes and consequences of organismal form and function can also help address issues of conservation and wildlife management.  

Sponsors: SICB Co-Sponsoring Divisions DAB, DCB, DEE, DNNSB, DVM


  • Lance McBrayer
  • Eric McElroy
  • Diego Sustaita


S9-1 Monday, Jan. 6, 07:45 MCBRAYER, L; MCELROY, E*; SUSTAITA, D: Introduction: Applied Functional Biology: linking ecological morphology to conservation and management

S9-2 Monday, Jan. 6, 08:00 THOMPSON, CL*; WILLIAMS, SH; GLANDER, KE; TEAFORD, MF; VINYARD, CJ: Getting Humans Off Monkeys’ Backs: Can Ecophysiological Research Inform Primate Conservation and Habitat Management Efforts?

S9-3 Monday, Jan. 6, 08:30 KIENLE, SS*; POWERS, J; CACANADIN, A; KENDALL, T; RICHTER, B; COSTA, DP; MEHTA, RS: Linking Functional Morphology, Behavior, and Ecology to Understand Foraging Strategies in an Endangered Marine Mammal

S9-4 Monday, Jan. 6, 09:00 WILSON, RS*; PAVLIC, T; WHEATLEY, R; CAMERON, SF: Using performance to predict the survival of threatened mammals

S9-5 Monday, Jan. 6, 10:00 WYNEKEN, J*; SALMON, M: Science, Sea Turtles, and Links to Conservation Management

S9-6 Monday, Jan. 6, 10:30 HERREL, A*; ARASPIN, L; PADILLA, P; COURANT, J; SERRA MARTINEZ, A; REBELO, R; IHLOW, F; GINAL, P; MOKHATLA, M; GINAL, P; RöDDER, D; MEASEY, J: Rapid Local Adaptations in an Invasive Frog (Xenopus laevis): the Importance of Functional Trait Measurements to Predict Future Invasions.

S9-7 Monday, Jan. 6, 11:00 MCBRAYER, LD*; ORTON, RW; NEEL, LK; KAUNERT, MD; TUCKER, DB; WILLIAMS, SC: Integrating Studies of Function and Ecology to Inform Conservation and Management

S9-8 Monday, Jan. 6, 11:30 MILES, DB: Can morphology predict the conservation status of iguanian lizards?

S9-9 Monday, Jan. 6, 13:30 DE MEYER, J.*; VERHELST, P.; ADRIAENS, D.: The role of understanding the eel’s morphology in stopping its decline

S9-10 Monday, Jan. 6, 14:00 RYERSON, WG: Captive breeding alters head morphology and behavior in reptiles: implications for headstarting and reintroduction programs

S9-11 Monday, Jan. 6, 14:30 MEHTA, RS*; DALE, KE: Linking Fitness and Functional Roles Inside and Outside a Marine Protected Area Around Catalina Island

S9-12 Monday, Jan. 6, 15:00 MORAN, C J*; GIBB, A C; WARD, D L: Integrating studies of anatomy, physiology and behavior into conservation of imperiled cyprinid fishes of the Southwestern United States

Courtesy of Lance McBrayer
Courtesy of Jens De Meyer
Courtesy of Diego Sustaita
Courtesy of Lance McBrayer
Courtesy of Eric McElroy
Courtesy of Chris Vinyard
Courtesy of Clinton Moran
Courtesy of Lance McBrayer
Courtesy of Diego Sustaita
Courtesy of Clinton Moran
Courtesy of Diego Sustaita
Courtesy of Sarah Kienle
Courtesy of Katie Smith
Courtesy of Kyra Reisenfeld
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Courtesy of Anthony Herrel
Courtesy of Willem Hillenius
Courtesy of William Ryerson
Courtesy of Donald Miles
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