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November 2019: Coastal Wetlands and Climate Change
November 21, 2019 | 1:00 PM ET
Coastal Wetlands and Climate Change
Presented by: Dr. Ariana Sutton-Grier and Dr. Michael Osland
Coastal marsh in San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge (Texas, USA)
Coastal wetlands provide critical fish and wildlife habitat and support many societal benefits, including protection of human communities from storms and maintenance of productive coastal fisheries. However, due to climate change and rising sea levels, the coastal wetlands present today are expected to be much different by the end of the century. Here we present results regarding some of the changes that are expected, with an emphasis on the role of warming winter temperature extremes, rising sea levels, and changing precipitation regimes. We also examine the role of wetlands in climate change adaptation (e.g., as natural infrastructure) and mitigation (e.g., blue carbon storage).
Dr. Ariana Sutton-Grier's bio:
Dr. Ariana Sutton-Grier is a visiting associate research professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. Sutton-Grier is an ecosystem ecologist with expertise in wetland ecology and restoration, biodiversity, biogeochemistry, climate change and ecosystem services. She holds honors bachelor's degrees in environmental science and international studies from Oregon State University and a doctoral degree in ecology from Duke University.
Her research interests include the relationships between nature/biodiversity and human health, coastal blue carbon, and natural and nature-based coastal resilience strategies. She has been published in more than 40 environmental and policy journals, and one of her papers won the Ecological Society of America 2016 "Innovations in Sustainability Science" award. This year, she was selected as Sigma Xi Scientific Honors Society's Young Investigator.
She is particularly focused on seeking innovative opportunities to combine science and policy to solve environmental problems and promote ecosystem conservation.
Dr. Michael Osland's bio:
Dr. Michael Osland is a Research Ecologist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Wetland and Aquatic Research Center. In broad terms, his research examines the response of ecosystem to changing conditions including the implications for conservation and restoration. Much of his current research focuses on wetland ecosystems at the dynamic interface between land and ocean: mangrove forests, salt marshes, and salt flats. His education includes a Ph.D. in Ecology from Duke University (2009) and a B.A. in Biology from Willamette University (2000). He was also a Fulbright Fellow in Costa Rica and a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador.
December 2019: Withering Wetlands - Global Trends in Wetland Loss and Degradation: Why, and What Can Be Done About It? (Free Webinar - Open to the Public)
December 12, 2019 | 1:00 PM ET
Withering Wetlands - Global Trends in Wetland Loss and Degradation: Why, and What Can Be Done About It?
Wetlands deliver vital benefits to people and their livelihoods, benefits of huge economic value: recently re-estimated as at least $47 trillion per year - 43% of the value of all the earth's ecosystems, despite wetlands forcing less than 4% of the earth's surface. Yet people have been converting and destroying wetlands for centuries, and this destruction continues in all parts of the world. Furthermore, new evidence indicates that although many wetlands, particularly small ones, are still in good condition, deterioration of the condition (ecological character) of our remaining wetlands is becoming increasingly widespread, although less so for internationally important wetlands (Ramsar Sites) than other wetlands. This webinar will then look at what is driving this continuing loss and degradation, both directly and indirectly, and identify what the world's people, and specifically the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) can and should be doing to turn round the continuing destruction of the wetlands we all depend on for our future survival, including through their role in minimising impacts of our changing climate.
Presented by: Professor Nick Davidson, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Prof. Nick Davidson is currently an independent expert consultant on wetland conservation and wise use issues. He was the Deputy Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands from 2000 to 2014. He has a long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability supported through the transfer of environmental science into policy-relevance and decision-making at national and international scales.
Nick has over 40 years’ experience of research on the ecology, assessment and conservation of coastal and inland wetlands and the ecophysiology and flyway conservation of migratory waterbirds. Prior to his Ramsar Convention post he worked for the UK's national government conservation agencies and as International Science Coordinator for the global NGO Wetlands International (a Ramsar International Organisation Partner).
Nick’s current work includes supporting enhanced Ramsar Convention implementation in Myanmar and Bhutan, strategic planning for Ramsar Regional Initiatives, and research on improving the global knowledge-base on the area, distribution, status, trends and management of wetlands.
Since 2009 he has been an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Land, Water and Society, Charles Sturt University, Australia; is an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Water & Environmental Management (CIWEM); was presented with the Society of Wetland Scientist’s (SWS) International Fellow Award 2010 and Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 for his long-term contributions to global wetland science and policy; chairs the SWS’s Ramsar Section; and is Chair of the East Asia-Australasia Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) Technical Sub-Committee.
Webinars on YouTube
The SWS Webinar Committee is excited to announce that our free quarterly webinar recordings are now available on the SWS YouTube channel! Additionally, SWS supporters around the world can watch the webinars with subtitles in their native language.
To view the webinars with subtitles, click the “CC” button in the bottom, right-hand corner of the video. You can change the language of the subtitles by clicking on the settings button in the bottom, right-hand corner and going to subtitles/CC > auto-translate > and choosing the language of your choice.
Here's what our members are saying...
"Thank you, presenters, and thank you SWS for hosting this. It is a great SWS membership benefit." - Kurt Kowalski, Ann Arbor, MI
"Excellent coverage of fascinating topics for wetland scientists!" - Ellen Hartig, New York, NY
Interested in viewing more webinars? Visit the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) webinar's page to access free webinars. These webinars focus on various topics, mostly relating to a specific project or workgroup. To learn more please click here.