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Field Site Seminar, Paul Taillie: Low-lying Coasts: At the Front Lines of Climate Change
October 6, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Abstract: As evidence continues to accumulate that we are experiencing both a climate crisis and a biodiversity crisis, there is an increasing need to understand the implications of a changing global climate for biodiversity conservation. Low-lying coastal areas represent an ideal context for investigating these questions, given their vulnerability to rising sea level, increasingly severe tropical cyclones, and more frequent drought. In addition, coastal areas contribute disproportionately to regional biodiversity by supporting uniquely adapted plants and animals. Over nearly a decade, Dr. Taillie has worked closely with collaborators at universities, government agencies, and NGO’s to understand how disturbances interact to affect the distribution, community composition, population dynamics, and movement of at-risk species associated with coastal ecosystems. In addition, these findings are used to design novel management strategies that consider how low-lying coasts will look in future decades.
Zoom webinar ID:969 1093 3469
Host: Janet Nye
Biosketch: Dr. Taillie earned both a M.S. and PhD in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from North Carolina State University. During his PhD, he developed a focus coastal ecology, which he then continued as a postdoc at the University of Florida where he led several field-projects aimed at conserving endangered species associated with coastal wetlands. He recently joined the Department of Geography at UNC Chapel Hill as an assistant professor.