Jeewantha Bandara, a Pinsky Lab graduate student and Fulbright Scholar, attended the virtual annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society from September 14th to the 25th. He presented a poster titled “Use of Dissolved Oxygen, Salinity and Zooplankton Concentration to Determine Black Sea Bass (Centropristis striata) Habitat in North East Atlantic”. Jeewantha sought to determine which underlying environmental variables determine the distribution of Black Sea Bass. He used a two-stage GAM to explore the predictive power of a range of environmental variables on presence/absence and abundance of Black Sea Bass. He found that a model including salinity, zooplankton, and temperature best predicted the distribution of Black Sea Bass.
Click the links below to download the poster, and poster presentation video!
Pinsky Lab members, Jennifer, Lisa, Allison, Katrina, Rene and Dan, attended The Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) 2019 Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY from August 11th to the 16th. All of them presented an oral presentation or a poster at the conference, attended talks, met researchers in their subfields, and attended networking events.
When not attending the conference, or a networking event, they all spent time exploring Louisville – riding Bird scooters about the town, and trying lots of local food and drink.
Malin, Zoe, and Becca all attended, and gave presentations at the Species on the Move conference at the Kruger National Park in South Africa in late July.
All of them spoke to the theme of the conference: Zoë’s “Alternative climate drivers of local species richness, colonization, and extirpation in marine fishes”, Becca’s “Adapting to change? Availability of fish stocks to fishing communities on the US west coast”, and Malin’s plenary on the “Impacts of climate warming on ectotherms in the ocean and on land.
Outside of presenting and networking at the conference, they had the chance to take in the breathtaking scenery at Kruger, exploring the savannah and catching views of baboons, giraffes, and elephants!
Our lab members went to several conferences in early 2018!
Lisa and Malin are at the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland, Oregon this week. They are both giving talks (Lisa: “Ecological implications of thermal stress and larval connectivity in the Coral Triangle”; Malin; “Climate, species distributions, and increasing species richness in North American marine communities”), and Malin is on a panel about engaging with decision-makers to navigate ocean change.
Becca recently led a discussion, “Mechanisms and Outcomes of Predator-Prey Interactions: Scaling Across Space and Time”, at the Gordon Research Conference in Ventura, CA.
Emily attended the Andina workshop in Patagonia, in which the group discussed knowledge gaps and future directions in invasion biology and range expansion due to climate change.
Katrina attended the 150th annual American Society of Naturalists conference in January in Pacific Grove, CA, where she gave a talk: “Going with the flow: connectivity in a variable ocean”.
Jennifer presented 25 years of changes in population genetic patterns of summer flounder at the Ecological Society of America (ESA) meeting in Portland, OR
Sarah presented on genomic evidence for evolutionary rescue in little brown bats hit by white nose syndrome, also at ESA
Malin gave three talks: how ecology can help meet the UN sustainable development goals, how to teach about climate change (with Rebecca Jordan), and how climate change impacts in the ocean are different than those on land (all at ESA)
Becca talked about changing predator-prey interactions as a result of warming in the Northeast US at the American Fisheries Society (AFS) meeting in Tampa, FL
Jim presented a detailed projection of marine animal distributions in North America over the coming century (AFS)
Allison presented some of her Ph.D. work on eco-evolutionary dynamics in salmon (AFS)
Postdoc Jim Morley is just back from presenting and participating in the latest Fisheries Forum in Monterey, CA earlier this week. The topic was “Managing Fisheries in a Changing Environment,” and participants included Fisheries Management Council members, staff, NOAA employees, and many state agency employees. Lots of interest in how to adapt to the rapidly changing ocean conditions that we are seeing. Jim talked about how OceanAdapt and the species distribution projections we are developing can help.
Becca traveled to Monterey to present, “The role of warming in piscivore dominance on the Northeast US Shelf” at the 100th anniversary of the Western Society of Naturalists on November 12. Wonderful job, Becca, and happy anniversary, WSN!
Ed was at the EcoSummit conference in Montpellier (Sept. 1) to present “Why do fisheries evolve different harvest rates?”. The conference theme was Engineering Sustainability, but covered a wide range of sustainability topics. Also a nice chance to drink some wine and visit with Michel Loreau!
Becca and Ryan are off to the “New Frontiers in Understanding Predator-Prey Interactions in a Human-Altered World” Gordon Conference in California next week! They’ll be presenting new analyses of climate impacts on predator-prey interaction strengths (Becca) and of climate impacts on marine community structure (Ryan). Should be fun, and should be warm! Meanwhile, the rest of us are dusting off the sleds for what should be the first good snow storm of the year…