Thursday, April 21, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
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100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford St., Cambridge

Oceans & Health Seminar

"Embracing the emerging industrial revolution in our oceans" with Douglas J. McCauley, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Abstract: We are sitting on the threshold of a period of rapidly accelerating change in the oceans. Analysis of marine commerce data suggests we will be engaging new kinds of ocean industries that will bring with them new kinds of impacts on ocean ecosystems. An examination of the contrasting histories and ecology of industrialization on land and in the ocean helps to both understand and manage these impacts. The challenge of the next several decades of ocean science will be to engage new sources of ocean big data and new technologies to intelligently usher in the industrialization of the oceans in a fashion that safeguards marine biodiversity, while meeting shortfalls of food and energy. 

Speaker Bio: The goal of Dr. McCauley research  is to better understand how ecological communities are constructed and how they operate - as well as to determine how these communities interact with one another at the ecosystem level. He is particularly interested in how body size shapes the ecology of communities and ecosystems. One of the most dramatic anthropogenic impacts on global ecosystems has been the selective reduction and elimination of large-bodied vertebrates. These losses have dramatically reshaped the size structure of many ecological communities – in both contemporary and historical ecological time. I am deeply interested in this phenomenon because it provides a powerful opportunity to examine how the body size of particular species and the size distributions of entire communities influence key properties of ecological function.

Contact Name: 

Olivera Saric Knezic

Research Areas: 

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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