The Past, Present and Future of Coral Reefs
- Assistant Research Professor, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes
Coral reefs provide vital ecosystem services to humanity but are imperiled globally due to local and global human disturbances. Despite broad scientific consensus on the anthropogenic activities responsible for the coral reef crisis, this knowledge has not been effectively translated into policy and management actions to reverse reef declines.
In this seminar, I will talk about three cross-disciplinary projects I am engaged in to promote more effective strategies to conserve reefs: (1) reconstructing millennial-scale change in coral reefs to resolve the role of historical human activities in reef declines, (2) assessing the potential of market-based strategies for improving the sustainability of coral reef fisheries, and (3) predicting the future value of reef ecosystem services in light of projected climate change scenarios.
Light refreshments will be served.
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.