Senior Research Scientist, and Seafood Security Center for Venture Research (CVR) Director, Benthic Marine Ecologist
Bigelow Laboratory, Colby College
Thursday, Nov. 16 from 4:00-5:15, in Druck 20
Nichole is interested in how global change phenomena, like ocean acidification and warming, can alter bottom-dwelling species interactions, community dynamics, and ecosystem function in shallow coastal regimes. Her work focuses primarily on the eco-physiology of seaweeds and their current and future role in dissolved inorganic carbon cycling. She is interested in how the balance of primary production/respiration and calcification/dissolution create natural diel variation in carbonate chemistry and perpetuate biological feedbacks. She has focused on these topics primarily on tropical coral reefs, but have recently expanded work to include temperate systems. She utilizes state-of-the-art analytical tools including novel autonomous instrument packages and custom experimental aquaria and extrapolate results to regional and global scales using statistical modelling.
Dr. Price has a B.A, Biology and Math from Connecticut College, M.S, Applied Statistics and Probability from the Univ, California Santa Barbara (UCSB), and Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and marine Biology, UCSB
Vulnerability of the Great Barrier Reef to climate change and local pressures
November 20, 2017 | 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom
Join Nick for dinner before the talk in the Hutchinson Room, Throne (5:30-7:00)
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is under pressure from a suite of stressors including cyclones, crown-of-thorns starfish, nutrients from river runoff and warming events that drive mass coral bleaching. Two key questions are: how vulnerable will the GBR be to future environmental scenarios, and to what extent can local management actions lower vulnerability in the face of climate change? Nick Wolff will present new research that addresses these questions and discuss the implications for the GBR’s future.
In addition, he will present research examining the inequities that are likely to arise from climate change impacts on coral reef nations. Few countries are projected to experience coral reef impacts commensurate with their emissions. Of course, no coral reef ‘wins’ under climate change and ocean acidification, but some countries will likely experience relatively weak impacts of GHG emissions relative to emissions while most countries are relative losers. Not surprisingly, the greatest inequity will occur on the reefs of the world’s poorer nations.
Figure 1. Photos from the GBR before, during and after the 2016 mass bleaching event
Trained in biological oceanography, Nick’s Ph.D. is based on integrating large-scale data sets with climate projections and ecological models to look at the relative benefits of different local management efforts for the Great Barrier Reef.
Nick has 30 publications on topics such as climate change vulnerability, climate change inequity, climate change adaptation, coral reef resilience, conservation planning, connectivity, ecosystem services, biodiversity, tropical cyclones and oceanography.
Nick is a dual American and Australian citizen and loves exploring and photographing the diverse landscapes in both countries
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Come to an ES Pre-majors Meeting!
Please join ES faculty, and majors for one of two Pre-Majors Meetings. Learn about the coordinate major, the minor, meet faculty and students, and find out more about ES study abroad, ES summer fellowships, research, ES Independent study, and honors- over lunch or cookies and gelato.
Thursday October 26 from 7:30-8:30 PM
ES Common Room, Adams Hall
Public Art Attack! Art Actions to Fight the Battles that need Frighting
with Jenny Price
Sunday, October 29, 2:00 PM
Digital Media Lab, Room 115
Join Jenny Price from the LA Urban Rangers art collective for the workshop “Public Art Attack: Art Actions to Fight the Battles that Need Fighting,” a crash course on how to design public art actions to engage any social, environmental, or political problem that might be currently keeping you up at night. They’re fun! They’re experiential! They’re efficacious!
Diversity and Environmental Engagement:
An informal conversation with Whitney Tome, Executive Director, Green 2.0
Thursday, Nov 2 4:30-5:30
ES Common Room,
Whitney Tome, as the executive director of Green 2.0, leads a campaign to increase the racial diversity of the mainstream environmental movement. Whitney was the director of diversity and inclusion at the National Parks Conservation Association, and a program manager and mediator at the Meridian Institute. At Environmental Defense Fund, Whitney served as a strategist in dozens of state and federal political campaigns and launched the Fisheries Leadership and Sustainability Forum. Whitney earned a B.A. from Middlebury College and a J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law.
Applications now available on program web pages
“I was personally inspired with the idea that you could do something in your life that was not going to be measured purely by financial return, but by the ability to contribute to others.” – Thomas R. Pickering, Bowdoin Class of 1953, Former US Ambassador to the United Nations and career diplomat
- BPS in Washington – (sophomores) education seminar and immersion trip to Washington D.C. to explore topics in government and public policy. Deadline for application – November 8th at noon.
- BPS Fellowship – (juniors) five funded internships to work in government and public policy in Washington, D.C. during summer 2018. Deadline for application – November 15th at noon.
Upcoming Info Sessions:
- Monday, October 16 – 7:30pm, Baxter House Common Room (BPS in Washington and BPS Fellowship)
- Wednesday, October 18 – 7:30pm, McKeen Center Common Room (BPS Fellowship)
- Wednesday, November 1 – 12:30pm, McKeen Center Common Room (BPS in Washington)
Questions? After attending an info session, come to Sarah Chingos’ drop-in hours
Mondays 12:00-2:00pm and Thursdays 9:00-11:00am. Banister 201 – McKeen Center, in the belfry
Skype and FaceTime appointments are also available.
STEM Internship Workshop (POP)
Wednesday October 18 6:00 PM
30 College St
Join us to learn about searching for and applying for internships in STEM. We will discuss how to write a resume and cover letter along with how to network and ask for recommendations.
Snacks will be provided!