Please join us for the first Great Lakes Center Seminar of 2016 titled “Coastal biota and anthropogenic stress in the Great Lakes”, presented by Dr. Katya Kovalenko of University of Minnesota Duluth, on Thursday, January 21st from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. in Technology Building 160. All faculty, staff and students are welcome.
Seminar Abstract: Coastal habitats of large lakes harbor a large proportion of freshwater biodiversity, but are also epicenters of human activity, placing this biodiversity at risk from the intense anthropogenic stress. I overview major findings of the Great Lakes Environmental Indicators project, focusing on non-linear changes in fish, macroinvertebrate, diatom, wetland bird and vegetation in response to watershed land use, how biota responds to land- vs. lake-based stressors, and how these high-resolution data can be used to develop more precise habitat models. Finally, I will discuss implications of these findings for biomonitoring and natural resource management and conservation across the Great Lakes.
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