Species interactions, environmental change, and biodiversity on rocky shores Event as iCalendar

20 September 2018

1 - 2pm

Venue: Mac 1, Biology Building

Location: 5 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Host: SBS

Contact info: Prof Mary Sewell

Contact email: m.sewell@auckland.ac.nz

Professor Christopher Harley
Professor Christopher Harley

Speaker: Professor Christopher Harley, Department of Zoology and Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

What controls biodiversity? In this era of global change, answering this question has become more important and more challenging. 

To address it, Professor Christopher Harley and his students study both the direct impacts of environmental forcing, as determined by the physiological tolerance limits of organisms, and the indirect effects mediated by changes in species interactions such as predation, competition and facilitation. 

Professor Harley will present case studies showing when and how a key predator can be the leverage point through which the environment controls biodiversity. He will also consider the importance of changes to habitat-forming species, as they can often dictate broader ecological responses to warming and ocean acidification.