colloquium

Prof. Dr. Malin Pinsky

Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA
6. Feb
06th February 2020, 2.00 pm
colloquium

Prof. Dr. Malin Pinsky

Lecture hall, Müggelseedamm 310, 12587 Berlin

Life in a giant water bath: Consequences for ecological dynamics in the ocean

The same ecological and evolutionary processes operate across land and sea, and yet ocean life survives in a dramatically different fluid environment. The ocean is, in effect, a 1.3 sextillion liter water bath with muted thermal variation through time and space, limited oxygen, and intense convective and conductive processes. In this talk, I will trace some of the consequences for evolution, physiology, population dynamics, community assembly, and conservation at sea, including striking contrasts and similarities to patterns on land. I will present evidence that marine animals live closer to their upper thermal limits than do species on land, and that marine species have responded faster to temperature change across time-scales from seasons to decades. Finally, I will discuss some of the unique conservation challenges these dynamics create for ocean life and their potential solutions.

 

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