Global Change Ecology
As the Earth’s climate is experiencing change, there are corresponding changes in the physics, chemistry, and biology of the ocean. For example,over the longer time scales, predictions are that the average global temperatures will increase over the next century, with an associated sea level will rise. The associated increase in ocean heat will alter the stratification of the upper ocean, which will likely decrease ocean productivity and alter the structure of the food web. All the changes associated with the global changes will impact organism distributions and will also affect the interactions of organisms throughout the marine food web. Faculty in our Department has numerous programs working on these questions with research spanning the entire marine food web. This research will provide us insight into what future marine ecosystems will look like.