The effects of temperature on species distributions and community composition

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For the week of 01 April 2019

Join us Thursday, April 11 for a webinar on The Effects of Temperature on Species Distributions and Community Composition: Implications for Marine Protected Area management with Malin Pinsky of Rutgers University.

Recent research has shown that the geographic distributions of marine species are changing – and will continue to change – as climate change leads to geographic shifts in their preferred thermal habitats. Furthermore, as a result of these changing geographic distributions, ecological communities are being reorganized. These changes are already posing challenges for managing living marine resources, and these challenges are likely to grow as marine organisms continue to shift ranges, including across national, state, and other political boundaries. This presentation will provide an overview of relevant research (conducted off the coasts of the US and Canada) and discuss implications for Marine Protected Area management.

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3 new Podcast Episodes

3 new Conferences this week

33 new Literature items this week

  • Frontiers in Marine Science has released, Scaling Up Coral Reef Restoration Using Remote Sensing Technology (Freely Available) (
  • Marine Policy has published, Official catch data underrepresent shark and ray taxa caught in Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries ($35.95) (
  • Frontiers in Marine Science has published, Economic and Ecosystem Effects of Fishing on the Northeast US Shelf (Freely Available) (
  • See the rest HERE

6 new Jobs this week

  • Work as a Fisheries Economist for the The International Pacific Halibut Commission. Apply by April 30th. (
  • Opening at the University of Rhode Island as a Assistant Professor of Communication and Public Relations/Science & Environmental Communication (
  • Apply to be a Support Staff for the West Coast Ocean Alliance & West Coast Ocean Data Portal. Job location: all of the West Coast. (
  • See the rest HERE