06/13/2014 - 12:15pm to 1:00pm
Please join us for the Friday Marine Biology seminar series featuring Dr. Lisa Wedding, an early career fellow with the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University.
Title: Advancing place-based marine conservation and management using a geospatial approach
ABSTRACT: Applying a spatial approach to marine resource management is gaining recognition with the increasing implementation of marine managed areas and ocean zoning. Accordingly, the spatial analysis of marine communities is necessary in order to inform the proper placement of these geographically discrete management units and to inform marine spatial planning and management actions. The quantification of spatial patterns in the marine environment is the common thread linking three marine conservation case studies that were carried out at varying geo-political scales. First, a geospatial approach was used to develop a proposed network of deep sea MPAs in the abyssal Pacific to protect this area from mineral mining exploration and extraction. The second case study examined the relationship between remotely sensed measures of habitat complexity and reef fish assemblage structure to support spatially predictive modeling and mapping in the Main Hawaiian Islands. The last case study applied a landscape ecology approach to evaluate the recent boundary expansion of a no-take marine reserve on the island of Oahu. The quantification of ecosystem patterns at multiple spatial scales using a wide range of research tools (e.g., remote sensing, habitat mapping, GIS, and in-situ ecological studies) have important applications for the spatial management of marine ecosystems.
Hubbs Hall 4500