Please join the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences for its Spring Seminar Series. The SAFS seminar series consists of weekly presentations by eminent academics, prospective faculty members and the School’s own faculty members. Seminars are free and open to the public.
This week, SAFS brings you a seminar with Dr. Stephanie Green. Dr. Green is a candidate for the estuarine/nearshore faculty search. Please continue reading for information on the seminar and Dr. Green.
Monday, April 13, 2015 at 4:30 PM Note different day and time
Social immediately follows
University of Washington
Fishery Sciences Building, Room 102
1122 NE Boat Street
Seattle, Washington (map)
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DR. STEPHANIE GREEN
Reassembling Coastal Marine Ecosystems: Patterns, Processes, and Consequences
Novel species interactions are occurring at an increasing rate in aquatic ecosystems due to processes such as invasion, climate change, and population decline and recovery. How will the structure and function of food webs, and the socio-economic benefits they provide, respond to changing species composition? Can conservation and restoration efforts prevent and reverse these effects? I will present examples from my research in coastal marine systems that illustrate: 1) the causes and consequences of community reassembly across multiple scales of inquiry, from individual behavior to ecosystem function, and 2) opportunities to inform management intervention with general theory, so that targets for action that are ecologically-relevant. For example, integrating observational, quantitative modelling, and experimental studies of the invasion of predatory Indo-Pacific lionfish into coastal Atlantic systems reveals that patterns of predation on native species are well-predicted by principles of trait- and size-based interactions in aquatic food webs, and highlights ‘hot spots’ where vulnerable prey species are at greatest risk of extirpation and extinction. Moreover, levels of population suppression required to prevent and reverse invasion effects are governed by threshold dynamics, beyond which major changes to the structure of native communities occur. Predicted thresholds are now being used as targets for invasion control by agencies across the region. This research is helping to guide conservation and restoration action in the face of species change by advancing our understanding of interactions in aquatic systems and linking theoretical advances to the design of ecologically-based targets for success.
ABOUT DR. GREEN
Dr. Stephanie Green is a marine ecologist who is passionate about finding creative ways to understand and conserve nature. She currently holds a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship at Oregon State University, and is an affiliate scientist with the Reef Environmental Education Foundation.
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