6th Workshop on Trait-Based Approaches to Ocean Life

Copenhagen, Denmark

August 15-17, 2023

Ecosystems are complex machineries, and our ability to predict how multiple drivers and environmental forcing structure communities are limited. One way to represent and understand organisms, communities and ecosystems is to think in terms of ‘traits’ rather than species, and how the dominant traits emerge in an evolutionary and ecological process from fundamental trade-offs. If we can identify and quantify the tradeoffs between traits, we may have a tool for predicting trait distributions in nature now and in the future. This workshop is the 6’th edition of ‘Trait-based approaches to Ocean Life’, and now returns to Copenhagen, where the first workshop took place in 2013.


  • Individuals: identifying key traits and quantifying associated trade-offs
  • Scaling: from individuals to populations and ecosystems
  • Emergent patterns: trait biogeography and phenology
  • Ecosystem functions: from carbon sequestration to food production


  • 1 March – Deadline for abstract submissions
  • 15 March – Notification of accepted applicants
  • 15-17 August – Workshop


The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters in Copenhagen, Denmark

First Traits Workshop in the Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, 2013.


The workshop is supported by a gift from the Simons Foundation.