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Special Sessions

Ecology and Palaeoecology of non-marine molluscs

Quentin Wackenheim (Université de Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne -UPEC University, France)
Radovan Coufal (Masaryk University, Brno, Czechia)
Issaad Kawther Ezzine (Institut Supérieur de Biotechnologie de Monastir, Tunisia)

Among European continental mollusc specialists, there is occasionally a disconnection between malacologists who study recent faunas and those who study fossil faunas. However, the approach of palaeomalacologists is based on detailed knowledge of habitats. Similarly, the data they provide allow for a new perspective on the long-term evolution of faunas and the response of molluscs to changes in their current habitats. Therefore, each discipline provides valuable lessons for the other. The aim of this special session at the Euromal Congress is to bring together ecologists, palaeontologists, malacologists, and palaeomalacologists to promote a transdisciplinary approach.

This symposium aims to discuss the past and the present ecology of continental molluscs, from millions of years ago to the present, from biome to micro-habitat. This session also aims to encourage young researchers (master, doctoral and post-doctoral students) to come and present their work. Here we invite contributions on all aspects of ecology and palaeoecology. The following list suggests some of the topics covered:

  1. Palaeoenvironmental and palaeoecological studies
  2. Ecological tolerance and habitat diversity
  3. Population dynamics and ecological factors
  4. Long-term or short-term responses to environmental and climatic changes
  5. Functional ecology
  6. Species ecology
  7. Conservation strategies