HMEI Biodiversity Special Seminar: “Linked Ecologies: Connecting Invisible Pasts, and Actionable Futures”

Anshuman Swain, Harvard Society of Fellows and the James S. McDonnell Foundation Fellow at Harvard University, will present “Linked Ecologies: Connecting Invisible Pasts, and Actionable Futures” in Lewis Library, Room 120, and online via Zoom. Swain is the second speaker in a series of Special Seminars focused on Biodiversity.

Species do not exist in isolation from each other and their environments. The interactions among and between them form the backbone of ecosystems and their biodiversity. In this talk, Swain will focus on investigating how abiotic and biotic interactions structure species, communities, and ecosystems across different spatiotemporal scales based on three important topics in global change biology. The first two topics will leverage the fossil record to explore how long-term climate change impacts global and local communities. In specific, marine micropaleontological records will be used to understand the response of ecological communities to environmental drivers, and terrestrial fossil plant-insect associations will be utilized to explore how ecological interactions are shaped by the environment and eco-evolutionary histories. The third topic will focus on how short-term eco-environmental feedbacks shape ecosystems, investigating ecological tipping points and modern food webs. Overall, the talk will summarize how paleontological and ecological informatics inform us about past and present patterns of environment-driven changes in biodiversity and in doing so, help us understand the impact of future global change.

This seminar is free and open to the public. All attendees can register here in advance to attend this event via Zoom livestream.

HMEI Biodiversity Special Seminar: “Linked Ecologies: Connecting Invisible Pasts, and Actionable Futures”

Event Date

Mon, Apr 15, 2024 ・ 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Location

Lewis Library, Room 120

Anshuman Swain, Harvard Society of Fellows and the James S. McDonnell Foundation Fellow at Harvard University, will present “Linked Ecologies: Connecting Invisible Pasts, and Actionable Futures” in Lewis Library, Room 120, and online via Zoom. Swain is the second speaker in a series of Special Seminars focused on Biodiversity.

Species do not exist in isolation from each other and their environments. The interactions among and between them form the backbone of ecosystems and their biodiversity. In this talk, Swain will focus on investigating how abiotic and biotic interactions structure species, communities, and ecosystems across different spatiotemporal scales based on three important topics in global change biology. The first two topics will leverage the fossil record to explore how long-term climate change impacts global and local communities. In specific, marine micropaleontological records will be used to understand the response of ecological communities to environmental drivers, and terrestrial fossil plant-insect associations will be utilized to explore how ecological interactions are shaped by the environment and eco-evolutionary histories. The third topic will focus on how short-term eco-environmental feedbacks shape ecosystems, investigating ecological tipping points and modern food webs. Overall, the talk will summarize how paleontological and ecological informatics inform us about past and present patterns of environment-driven changes in biodiversity and in doing so, help us understand the impact of future global change.

This seminar is free and open to the public. All attendees can register here in advance to attend this event via Zoom livestream.