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BRS: Cathy Pfister "The dynamics of Kelp forests in the northeast Pacific and their diverse contributions to coastal productivity."
March 4, 2020
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abstract: As foundational species, the underwater forests comprised of kelp species have known importance as habitat for fishes and invertebrates. I will show kelp forests also have significant effects on seawater chemistry, productivity and microbial assemblages, hosting significant microbial diversity on their fronds. I will discuss long-term trends for kelp forests in the Pacific northwest and methodologies for understanding the role of the 'kelp holobiome' in nearshore areas. I will further describe the effects of kelp on the carbon and nitrogen cycle, and how they are a particularly significant component of coastal global change scenarios.
Biodiversity Research Seminar Series (BRS)