Speaker: Jess Hopf, Research Associate, Ecological Modelling & Population Dynamics, HMSC, Oregon State University
Topic: MARINE RESERVE NETWORKS IN A CHANGING CLIMATE
In the last decade, multiple reserves have been established along the U.S. Pacific coast, and evaluations of those reserve systems are underway. Concurrently, the Pacific coast has experienced multiple extreme events, including heatwaves, hypoxic events, and pathogen outbreaks. These events are expected to worsen with climate change, raising two key questions for marine reserve monitoring and management: 1) what roles can reserves play in mitigating the effects of climate change? and 2) how do extreme events impact our ability to assess reserve success? In this talk, I’ll briefly discuss some long-term expectations of reserves and show how marine reserves can help stabilise fish biomass and fishery yields, but only if located in the right areas. Critical to current monitoring and management actions, I’ll focus on our current knowledge of short-term impacts and show how natural environmental variability and extreme events can negatively affect our ability to detect reserve effects, sometimes delaying our ability to see positive biomass build-up for decades. Come join us to take a trip from Oregon to Australia and learn more about how fish population models can save the marine world, maybe.
call +1-971-247-1195 US Meeting ID: 945 5573 1151
Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Hatfield Marine Science Center, Marine Studies Building Auditorium
2030 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport, OR 97365