SPECTRE (Size sPECTrum REading group) is an international group with > 120 participants. The aim of SPECTRE is to bring the size spectrum community closer together by providing a platform where colleagues from different regions can meet and talk about applying the size spectrum theory in aquatic communities.

Starting in February 2021, the group meets virtually once every two/three months to discuss a paper or a general question relevant to the topic. We organize two or three meetings on the same topic to cover different time zones. The meetings are not obligatory, and the participants can join the ones they find interesting.

SPECTRE’s no. 1 rule: “There's no such thing as a stupid question.”

SPECTRE includes members from the whole academic spectrum (undergrads to emeritus) and with different areas of expertise. Additionally, we acknowledge that it can be intimidating to make comments or questions on others’ work, especially when they are present. As in SPECTRE there's no such thing as a stupid question, we hope that people will feel comfortable sharing their thoughts at the meeting.

We use slack as our main communication platform. Please send us an email at spectre.organizer@gmail.com if you want to learn more and/or join SPECTRE.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SPECTRESizeSpe1

Next SPECTRE meeting:

September 2023: TBA 

Previous SPECTRE meetings:

14. June 2023: Seminar by Phoebe Woodworth-Jefcoats: Fisheries applications of size spectra approaches across multiple time scales (Youtube link)
13. March 2023: Seminar by  Camila Serra-Pompei: "Size-spectrum models of plankton communities: recent developments, limitations, data needs and future steps" (Youtube link)
12. November, 2022: Project discussion with the ACRROS PIs: "LAtitudinal gradients of speCies Richness and bOdy-Size Spectrum in multiple trophic levels and ecosystems (ACROSS)"  (Youtube link)
11. September, 2022: Kuo et al., 2022: Assesing warming impacts on marine fishes by integrating physiology-guided distribution projections, life-history changes and food web dynamics (with Chi-Yun Kuo, Youtube link)
10. June, 2022: Hatton, Heneghan et al., 2021: The global ocean size spectrum from bacteria to whales (with Ian Hatton Youtube link and Ryan Heneghan Youtube link). 
9. March, 2022: Ocean Science Meeting 2022 session: "ME02 The size structure of aquatic ecosystems: from theory to applications".
8. November, 2021: Atkinson et al., 2020: Increasing nutrient stress reduces the efficiency of energy transfer through planktonic size spectra (with Angus Atkinson, Youtube link). 
7. September, 2021: Axel Rossberg and Gary Sprules: Domes in size spectra. 
6. August, 2021: Mizer discussion 
5. July, 2021: Mizer training- session 3
4. June, 2021: Mizer training- session 2
3. June, 2021: Mizer training- session 1
2. April, 2021: Andersen et al., 2020: Size-based theory for fisheries advice (with Ken H. Andersen)
1. February, 2021: Welcome to SPECTRE- Introduction meeting