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Weekly Science Seminars

These lectures are geared toward researchers, biology students and professional scientists. They provide an opportunity for SERC research staff and their colleagues from other institutions to present current work. These seminars are held during the work day and are open to the public.

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December 03, 2015 11:00AM
Tracking wide-ranging marine species to go from data to decisions
Autumn-Lynn Harrison, Smithsonian National Zoo
Between 2000 and 2010, the Tagging of Pacific Predators project tracked 23 species and over 4,000 individuals in the Pacific Ocean. Taxa included sharks, whales, turtles, seabirds, and tunas. This talk will review the experience Dr. Harrison had in synthesizing TOPP data and integrating findings into global efforts to initiate high seas marine protected areas.
Schmidt Conference Center

December 10, 2015 11:00AM
River Herring Conservation in the Chesapeake Watershed
Matt Ogburn, SERC
River Herring migrate from the ocean into freshwater streams each spring to spawn. Once incredibly abundant forage fish in Chesapeake Bay, River Herring were recently considered for Threatened status on the U.S. Endangered Species List. The Fish and Invertebrate Ecology Lab at SERC has been assessing River Herring populations in critical spawning streams and is helping to coordinate bay-wide monitoring efforts.
Schmidt Conference Center

December 17, 2015 11:00AM
Ireland, Forests and Biodiversity
John Devaney, SERC
While global natural forest area continues to decline by circa 13 million hectares per year, the area of plantation forest is increasing by approximately 5 million hectares per year. Much recent debate has focused on the impacts of plantation forests on biodiversity. Much like the eastern U.S., the natural vegetation cover of Ireland is temperate deciduous forest. However, at the turn of the 20th century forest cover was less than 1% following millennia of gradual deforestation. Since then, afforestation has increased forest cover to 11%, constituting one of the fastest ongoing land-use changes in Europe. This expanding area of plantation forest represents both challenges and opportunities for biodiversity management. In this seminar, I will present a history of the changing forest landscape in Ireland, from the early post-glacial to the present day. I will summarize recent research on the value of planted forest for biodiversity. While natural forests represent some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world, the highly managed nature of plantation forests means they may support less native biodiversity than naturally occurring forests. However, in countries like Ireland, where natural forests are scarce, plantation forests may enhance overall landscape biodiversity.
Schmidt Conference Center