The effects of temperature on species distributions and community composition: Implications for Marine Protected Area management

For the week of 11 March 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," presented by 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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  • OCTOPOD: Underwater Aesthetics and Seafood Fraud (
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4 new Conferences and 2 new Grants/RFPs this week

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  • Conference: YOUMARES 2019. Conference for young marine professionals. (

30 new Literature items this week

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  • Event Management has published, A Multimethods Exploration of Knowledge Sharing Platforms in "enchanted" Mermaiding Events (US$35.00) (
  • Frontiers in Marine Science has published, From Science to Evidence – How Biodiversity Indicators Can Be Used for Effective Marine Conservation Policy and Management (Freely Available) (
  • See the rest HERE

12 new Jobs this week