Placing ocean acidification into the wider context of global environmental change research


Thursday, July 19, 2012
Redfield Auditorium - 12:00 Noon
Dr. Phil Boyd
Department of Chemistry
University of Otago, New Zealand

Research into the biological threat of reduced pH, termed Ocean Acidification (OA), has yielded many insights over the past decade. Moreover, the findings from OA research have been successfully disseminated to a wide audience, extending well beyond the boundaries of the traditional scientific community. There is much to be learnt from the OA community by the fledgling research field which is investigating the effects of global environmental change on oceanic biota. In turn, much of the preliminary research into global environmental change reveals that the interplay of multiple environmental drivers on ocean biota results in either significant amplification or diminution of the effects of a sole driver, such as OA. Our growing appreciation of how global environmental change will manifest itself in turn lays down the challenge of understanding the complex interplay of a matrix of changing ocean properties and their biological implications. In this seminar, I will present examples of how we can better identify and catalogue biological responses, and subsequently predict the sign and magnitude of their feedbacks, by taking a holistic view of the effects of global environmental change.