Roman Zajac, Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, will present a talk on Thursday, Feb. 27th , titled “Crab’s Eye and Bird’s Eye Views of Coastal Landscapes and Applications to Spatial Ecology.” The talk will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Hall 205.
Coastal areas are experiencing significant changes due to a variety of environmental factors and it is becoming more critical to understand how natural components of these landscapes, such as salt marshes and mudflats and the biota they support, are being impacted and how they may respond. This talk will focus on how different types of sensors including low level aerial photography are being employed to understand these habitats across different spatial scales (from a crab’s eye to a bird’s eye view) and to assess how their ecology is being impacted. Examples from research conducted in Long Island Sound and New Zealand will be presented
Zajac is an ecologist whose research interests are varied. They include mapping and characterizing sea floor communities and understanding how sea floor structure affects the ecological dynamics and biodiversity of these environments, how climate change may be affecting salt marsh habitats and biota, landscape approaches to ecological watershed dynamics, as well as complex ecological dynamics in marine fouling communities.
The lecture is part of a seminar series being presented by the Department of Biology and Environmental Science in honor of professor Henry Voegeli’s many years of excellence in teaching and service to UNH.
Refreshments will be served in Dodds Hall 320 following the talk.
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