This week EEB welcomes Dr. Christine Ward-Paige of Dalhousie University who will present:
Conservation beneath the waves – assessing aquatic ecosystem conservation needs and successes, and deploying a global network of citizen scientists
Many anthropogenic activities such as overfishing, climate change, pollution and habitat destruction stress aquatic ecosystems. Although conservation and management strategies are needed to protect and restore habitat, a lack of data is often cited as a reason for inaction. This is largely because aquatic ecosystems are difficult to census and contemporary ecosystem surveys often overlook a broad geographic and historical perspective. I use citizen science to survey and monitor freshwater and marine ecosystems at local and global scales. I couple those data with chemical analysis, fisheries surveys, bioindicator censuses, and remote sensing to understand the factors influencing ecosystem processes and to delineate conservation needs. These monitoring efforts are used to assess the effect of nutrient pollution on coral reefs, the need and effectiveness of restoration projects on watersheds and need for conservation strategies on marine ecosystems. These studies have been used to improve existing conservation efforts including sewage treatment, CITES listings, and marine sanctuaries.
The EEB Seminars run weekly, on Thursdays, in the EEB Lounge of the BioSciences Complex, Room 4338, from 12:30-1:30pm. Light refreshments are served starting at 12:15.