Putting the Dead to Work: How studying past ecosystem changes can inform conservation practices.

Human activities have an ever-increasing impact on natural systems, reaching to all areas of the globe, including our oceans. Unfortunately, in many areas, especially in our world oceans, we do not always have a detailed history of what ecosystems looked like before human impact. This lack of information can be frustrating and problematic as we try to preserve and manage fragile ecosystems. This talk will present case studies from Caribbean coral reefs, the southern California coastline, and lakes in Wisconsin that demonstrate the utility of the young fossil record to provide insight into current conservation and management questions. 

Dr. Jill Leonard-Pingel is an Assistant Professor at Ohio State University, Newark in the School of Earth Sciences. She earned her PhD from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2012 and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago until 2014. Jill is a paleobiologist/paleoecologist whose work focuses on how biological communities respond to environmental perturbations; she is especially interested in exploring how traditionally paleontological/geological tools can be applied to conservation and management questions. Jill has performed field work in the Caribbean, the southern California coast, the midwestern U.S., and, most recently, peninsular India.

Registered participants will receive an email about an hour before the program with the Zoom link.