Monday 23 February 2015

Biosciences Seminar Speaker - 26/02/2015

Biosciences Seminar Series - Winter 2015
26 February 2015 - 1pm - Zoology Museum (Wallace 129)

Climate change impacts in marine ecosystems: a global meta-analysis

Dr Pippa Moore


What effects do humans have, or will have, on marine biodiversity and marine ecology? Can we mitigate the negative impacts, for example of climate change, by using novel material design and marine engineering? Answering these questions is one of the main aims of the research group of our next seminar speaker, Dr Pippa Moore. Pippa is a marine community ecologist and reader in marine ecology at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University, interested especially in the ecology of rocky reefs and seagrass meadows.

Studies across taxa, habitats and biogeographic provinces have demonstrated that marine systems are already responding to increases in sea surface temperature (SST). In this talk I will focus on the outcomes from a 4-year project that collated and analysed environmental and biological data at a global
scale to determine how sea-surface and air temperatures have changed in both space and time, how marine biological systems have responded to these changes and how this compares with changes observed on land. Finally I will discuss how novel metrics of climate change, such as the velocity of climate change, can potentially provide insights for marine spatial management planning and climate adaptation.

Hope to see many of you - everyone most welcome to attend!

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