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Ocean Animals on the Move: Consequences for Ecological and Human Communities

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017, 12:30

Wednesday, December 6, 2017. 12:30PM. Ocean Animals on the Move: Consequences for Ecological and Human Communities. Malin Pinsky, Rutgers University. Sponsored by Rutgers University Department of Human Ecology. More information here.

Warming and other changes to the ocean are reshuffling marine ecosystems in ways that have become increasingly apparent around the globe. Interestingly, these impacts appear to be happening substantially faster in the ocean than on land, putting marine biologists and fisheries on the front lines of documenting, understanding, and adapting to the impacts of climate change. Many species are shifting poleward or deeper, but substantial variation among species and among regions also exists. This talk will link observed biological changes to changes in climatic patterns, while also exploring how interactions among species and with fisheries fundamentally shape ecological responses to a changing environment. Finally, this talk will use examples from the Northeast US to explore the consequences of shifting ocean animals for fisheries and for people.

Location  Blake Hall, Room 131, Cook Campus