Homer, AK 99603
The public is invited to a brown bag lunch lecture by Dr. Terrie Klinger highlighting her long-term observations of intertidal animals and seaweeds in Kachemak Bay and causes of variation over time in these communities.
Dr. Terrie Klinger began monitoring two intertidal sites in the Herring Islands in 1999. She has revisited the sites each summer since then to sample seaweeds and invertebrates. Terrie and her colleagues found that the abundance of the seaweed Fucus and the blue mussel Mytilus varies between years and is associated with variation in ocean condition as indicated by the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO). The abundance of other species---for example, barnacles---appears to be unrelated to the phase of the PDO. Long-term monitoring has helped scientists understand the causes of variation in intertidal communities and should help them interpret the effects of long-term change in ocean condition associated with global environmental change.
Feel free to bring your lunch.
This brown bag presentation is sponsored by Kachemak Bay Research Reserve, University of Washington, & GulfWatch Alaska
Friday, 08 August, 2014
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