Understanding how local ecological assemblages change in response to global change drivers
My PhD research uses a combination of meta-analyses and laboratory experiments to achieve four key objectives: 1) Quantify the magnitude and predictability of local-scale biodiversity change in response to five global change drivers and compare the effects across taxa and ecosystems, 2) Identify the geographic biases that exist in the local-scale biodiversity change literature that hinder ecologist’s ability to infer biodiversity change patterns worldwide and use these data gaps to develop recommendations for where further studies need to be conducted across the Earth’s biomes, 3) Explore the extent to which the single and combined impacts of global change drivers differ in their effects on key ecosystem processes, and 4) Use an aquatic model ecosystem to assess the single and interactive effects of overexploitation/phytoplankton decline and warming/acidification on biodiversity change over time.
Boris Worm (Dalhousie University)
TYPE/STATUS OF PROJECT
Scientific research (Winter 2016)
Principal InvestigatorBoris Worm
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