Research today reveals that the oceans of the past harbored giants in profuse numbers. Come back in time and visit a Caribbean coral reef with groupers the size of small cars, a New England bay where the cod ran so thick it was hard to navigate a boat, and a small Pacific Island where shark teeth were used to make weapons.
This journey back through time is made possible by the science of Historical Ecology, a scholarly field that combines ecology, anthropology, geology, and history. Through Historical Ecology, scientists are able to describe what ecosystems were like centuries before formal scientific data was recorded. Equipped with an understanding of past marine ecosystems, modern-day scientists can develop conservation strategies to help recapture some of their former vivid splendor
Join us as Dr. Joshua Drew shares his work on historical ecology and the evolution and conservation of today’s marine ecosystems.
Dr. Joshua Drew is a lecturer and director of the MA program in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University. He received his undergraduate degree from Drew University and his PhD from the Boston University Marine Program. Drew’s research focuses on the evolution, historical ecology, and conservation of coral reef systems across Melanesia and the Southwest Pacific. You can follow his work on Twitter: @Drew_Lab
This event is free and open to the public; registration is encouraged.