Our seminar series (Rock Talks) is a long-standing and well-loved tradition at SML. Historically, faculty members and guest speakers would gather students out on the rocky shoreline of Appledore Island (giving the Rock Talk series its name), and present anything from a natural history seminar to a demonstration dissection. Today, Rock Talks are going digital! Each rock talk highlights the work of visiting scholars, alumni, faculty, or staff, and presents a new and exciting perspective on science. Rock Talks are open to the public - advance registration is required.
Speaker: Dr. Mike Sigler, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center (retired)
Date and Time: Thursday, October 22, 12:00 PM
Title: Climate Change and Alaska Marine Ecosystems
Topic: Sea ice extent and duration define marine ecosystems in Alaska. Loss of sea ice, marine heatwaves, and ocean acidification influence these ecosystems. Dr. Mike Sigler will describe these observed changes and predictions for future forecasts based on our understanding of climate effects. Given the complexity and non-linear nature of ecological relationships, as well as the increasing frequency and intensity of warm years, these predictions remain relatively uncertain.
Bio: Dr. Mike Sigler co-teaches the class Integrated Ecosystem Research and Management at Shoals Marine Laboratory and was a Shoals Undergraduate Research Group (SURG) mentor in 2020. He retired from the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Juneau, Alaska in 2017 with over 30 years of research experience in Alaska in marine ecology and fisheries stock assessment.
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