“It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose, should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist: the threat is rather to life itself.” – Rachel Carson
Marine managers and policy makers rely on marine conservation biologists to inform government agencies and other stakeholders on the ecological health of the oceans and to highlight consequences of change to marine systems, and make recommendations on mitigation and adaptation to anthropogenic impacts.
At the Worm Lab, students and postdoctoral fellows are engaged in the study of marine biodiversity, its causes, consequences of change, and conservation of marine resources and ecosystems. Four major questions define the lab’s research:
How is marine biodiversity distributed across the globe?
How is marine biodiversity changing over time?
What are the consequences of biodiversity change?
What management solutions really work in preventing biodiversity loss?