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Webinar: The effects of temperature on species distributions and community composition: Implications for Marine Protected Area (MPA) management
Thursday, 11 April 2019, 1:00
April 11, 2019. 1:00 PM. Webinar: The effects of temperature on species distributions and community composition: Implications for Marine Protected Area (MPA) management. Malin Pinsky, Rutgers University. Sponsored by NOAA. More information.
Abstract: Recent research has shown that the geographic distributions of marine species are changing - and will continue to change - as climate change leads to geographic shifts in their preferred thermal habitats. Furthermore, as a result of these changing geographic distributions, ecological communities are being reorganized. These changes are already posing challenges for managing living marine resources, and these challenges are likely to grow as marine organisms continue to shift ranges, including across national, state, and other political boundaries. This presentation will provide an overview of relevant research (conducted off the coasts of the US and Canada) and discuss implications for Marine Protected Area management.
About the Speaker: Malin Pinsky is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at Rutgers University, where he leads a research group studying the ecological and evolutionary impacts of climate change in the ocean. Among other activities, he developed the OceanAdapt website to document shifting ocean animals in North America. He has published more than 50 articles in Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and other journals; has been named a “rising star in ecology”; and has received early career awards and fellowships from the National Academy Sciences, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the American Society of Naturalists, and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea. His research has received coverage in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC, and other media. He has a Ph.D. from Stanford University, an A.B. from Williams College, and grew up near the coast of Maine.