Press Release for Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Professor Discusses Biological Impacts of Global Climate Change at UNF
Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
Dr. David Wethey, a professor of Biological Sciences and Marine Science in
the Department of Biology at the University
of South Carolina, will discuss “Biological
Impacts of Global Climate Change” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, at the University Center. This lecture is free and open to
His research interests include biogeography,
population dynamics, predator-prey and competitive interactions, conservation
genetics and the mechanisms by which intertidal organisms survive the physics
of their habitats.
Much of Wethey’s recent work has used field experiments
and biophysical modeling to determine the mechanisms responsible for setting
geographic limits of species. This information is then used to predict the
effects of climate change on shifts of geographical distributions of intertidal
organisms, and whether the observed shifts match predictions of models
incorporating climate patterns and the physiological traits (i.e.: temperature
tolerance) of various organisms.
As is often the case, his work shows that observed
patterns of range shifts in intertidal organisms are typically only partially
explainable by shifts in water or air temperature and more complex interactions
are usually involved.
This event is sponsored by the UNF Coastal Biology
Flagship Program and the Florida Sea Grant. For more information, contact Amy
Moore, UNF Coastal Biology Program, at (904) 620-2830 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.