SFU President's Faculty Lecture Series
President's Faculty Lecturer: Dr. Anne Salomon
Faculty Lecturer Dr. Anne K. Salomon, marine ecologist, author and conservation biologist, is an assistant professor of applied ecology at Simon Fraser University. Her research is motivated by a deep interest in understanding how human activities alter the productivity, biodiversity and resilience of coastal food webs to inform ecosystem approaches to marine conservation.
Coupled Human-Ocean Ecosystems; Balancing the Needs of People and Nature
Humans have been altering coastal ecosystems for millennia, yet the rate of human-induced change is accelerating at a pace never before experienced. In this talk, we will explore the underwater forests of BC's Central Coast and Gwaii Haanas, Canada's first National Marine Conservation Area, where we are investigating the ecological and socio-economic effects of predator depletion, sea otter recovery, Pacific herring declines and the role of marine spatial planning. We will also visit the ancient clam gardens of BC's Inside Passage where recent results reveal how prehistoric forms of mariculture can inform food security today. In summary, I will share how integrating contemporary ecology, traditional knowledge and archaeological data can reveal long-term dynamics of complex systems, and how engaging coastal communities in research is essential if we are to democratize conservation science and design effective conservation policies that balance the needs of people and nature.
Room 1400 - 1430 Segal Centre Rooms,
SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre),
515 West Hastings Street
Event is free, registration required.
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