Friday seminar: Global change: how odd are the oceans?

By Malin Pinsky from Rutgers University, United States

Abstract

The same ecological and evolutionary processes operate in both marine and terrestrial environments, and yet marine ecosystems have substantially different physical conditions, geographic patterns, and taxonomic diversity than ecosystems on land. Given these differences, do the process of global change play out similarly on land and in the ocean? In this talk, I will present a few striking contrasts and similarities. First, I will present evidence that marine species are better able to shift their distributions as climates change, while many terrestrial species appear to be lagging behind. Second, I will show how conventional wisdom about which species are most at risk of decline does not apply in the ocean. Finally, I will discuss the surprisingly similar histories of global change in the ocean and on land, and what we can learn from the longer history of impacts on land. These differences imply the need for distinct conservation and climate adaptation approaches in the ocean.

Malin Pinsky
Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources & Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Rutgers University, United States
& Guest researcher at CEES

Published Sep. 19, 2016 9:43 AM - Last modified Oct. 11, 2016 10:04 PM