Climatic impacts on ocean ecosystems: A study of climate variability and conservation oceanography
That’s the title of my wife’s dissertation. Her public defense will be on Monday, December 3rd, at 1:30pm, in 2146 Snee Hall at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY).
She’ll be talking about her two projects. The first one has been on changing average sea surface temperatures in the Mediterranean over the past 20 years and the observed patterns of warming. The other is on modeling population patterns of Northern Right Whales (there are only ~300 left), where the short story is that climate change will adversely effect food availability – but even then, we can stave off the extinction of this species if we could save just one female per year from accidental death (man-made things like ship-strikes).