Understanding Our Ocean Connections through Long-Term Ecological Research Thursday, April 19, 2018 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. National Science Foundation 2415 Eisenhower Avenue Alexandria, Virginia Rooms W2210-W2220 Speakers: Peter Groffman, LTER Science Council Chair; Deron Burkepile, Mo'orea Coral Reef LTER; Evelyn Gaiser, Florida Coastal Everglades LTER; Kyle Cavanaugh, Santa Barbara Coastal LTER; Susanne Menden-Deuer, Northeast U.S. Shelf LTER; Merryl Alber, Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER; Bill Fraser, Palmer Antarctic LTER
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Presentation: Life on Ever-Shrinking Sea Ice: A Penguin’s Perspective (Fraser)
Bill Fraser, Polar Oceans Research Group, Oregon State University, NSF Palmer Station, Antarctica LTER Site The Western Antarctic Peninsula is among the most rapidly warming regions on Earth. Mid-winter temperatures have increased, on average, by more than six degrees Celsius (10.8ºF) over the last six decades, resulting in melting of sea ice and changes in... Read more »
June 10, 2019
Presentation: Sustainability of Salt Marshes: Still a Realistic Goal? (Alber)
Merryl Alber, University of Georgia, NSF Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER Site Intertidal marshes—lands between the tides—are ever-changing ecosystems. They’ve kept pace with changes in sea level over millennia, but today’s rate of sea-level rise and increasingly common droughts and storms pose new challenges. An influx of saltwater, for example, has the potential to change how... Read more »
June 10, 2019
Presentation: How Do Tiny Plankton Turn into Fish on a Changing Northeast U.S. Shelf? (Menden-Deuer)
Susanne Menden-Deuer, University of Rhode Island, NSF Northeast U.S. Shelf LTER Site The Northeast U.S. Shelf generates millions of dollars in revenue from fishing, energy development and shipping. It’s also used for waste disposal, recreation and conservation—and almost 30 percent of the U.S. population lives along its shores. Researchers at the NSF Northeast U.S. Shelf... Read more »
June 10, 2019
Presentation: Giant Kelp Forests: Stepping Stones to Biodiversity (Cavanaugh)
Kyle Cavanaugh, University of California-Los Angeles, NSF Santa  Barbara Coastal LTER Site Giant kelp is an example of a foundation species—one that physically modifies its environment and provides food and habitat for an entire ecological community. In contrast to long-lived foundation species such as forests, coral reefs and mangroves, giant kelp has a short life... Read more »
June 10, 2019
Presentation: Hurricanes as Resilience-Builders (Gaiser)
Evelyn Gaiser,  Florida International University, Florida Coastal Everglades LTER Site Ecosystem health—like human health—is the result of a combination of chronic and short-term stresses. When will these stresses result in a stronger system, and when will they launch a downward spiral? Researchers at the NSF Florida Coastal Everglades LTER Site combine field work, large-scale experiments,... Read more »
June 10, 2019
Presentation: The Future of Coral Reefs: Does It Depend on Help from Fish? (Burkepile)
Coral reefs are a hub of marine biodiversity. They provide food, recreation and shoreline protection to some 1 billion people. But reefs around the globe have seen 50 to 90 percent declines in coral abundance, and forecasts of reef health have been dire. Long-term research by scientists at the NSF Mo’orea Coral Reef LTER Site... Read more »
June 10, 2019