Climate change: Impacts on functional roles of species in ecosystems, Adam Rosenblatt, EEB
Adam Rosenblatt, a former YCEI fellow, is currently a postdoctoral research associate in the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. His research focuses on the effects of climate change on animals, the interactions they have with each other and plants, and the cascading impacts of climate change on humans and how we live.
He currently studies how combinations of climate change variables, like warming temperatures and more frequent droughts, simultaneously impact predators and whole ecosystems. To do this he creates experimental, self-contained mini-ecosystems in New England forests, stock them with different kinds of spiders (like wolf spiders and jumping spiders) and their prey, and then manipulate the temperature and rainfall patterns to see how the organisms and the ecosystem as a whole respond. Previous work in this experimental system has found that warming alone can lead to extinction of some of the spider species, which can then lead to changes in prey abundance and ecosystem nutrient cycling rates.
A light lunch will be served.