Biology Seminar: Mary O'Connor, "“Toward a unified science of ecological change: Advances in metabolic scaling and biodiversity science”

Mary O’Connor, PhD
Department of Zoology and Biodiversity Research Centre,

University of British Columbia

“Toward a unified science of ecological change: Advances in metabolic scaling and biodiversity science”

Friday, November 2, 2018
4:10 pm Seminar begins

Biology 19

Student Lunch: Email Kristy Gonyer at gonyerk@reed.edu if you would like to go to lunch with Dr. O'Connor on Friday at noon.

Abstract: Biodiversity change and ecological responses to climate change are topics of major concern, and we rely on ecological theory to guide how we relate observed or suspected changes to potential consequences for ecosystem functions and services. Our major theories of life emphasize either energy and materials (metabolic theories) or information (biodiversity, evolution). I aim for unification across these conceptual pillars. I will highlight recent advances in detecting biodiversity change across scales in coastal marine systems and potential implications for ecosystem functions and seafood derived nutritional benefits to humans. I will also present recent work that strengthens our understanding of how general temperature dependence of metabolism constrains population-level processes and fitness potential, providing a key link between temperature and ecological and evolutionary outcomes. I am deeply interested in unifying our ecological science across scales, and hope to start a discussion about how we can continue to take steps in that direction.

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 4:10pm to 5:00pm


Biology, Biology 19
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

Event Type

Lecture

Audience

Faculty, Students, Alumni, Open to the Public, Parents & Family, Staff, Prospective Students

Website

http://www.reed.edu/biology/seminars/...

Department
Biology
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