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Qbio Seminar Series: Sarah Supp

Event Details

When: November 2, 2016, 2:00 PM

Location: 3rd Floor Orchard View Room , Discovery Building

Contact: 608-316-4401, hstampfli@wisc.edu

Sarah Supp

Sarah Supp
National Science Foundation
Department of Geography
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Dynamic macroecology for a changing world

Macroecologists use a “macroscope” perspective to focus on emergent patterns in an ecological system that would be difficult to identify by studying the detailed behavior of all the ecological “particles” in that system. Although many macroecological patterns of species diversity have been identified, few studies have focused on how these patterns behave through time or in disturbed systems, making it difficult to use them to predict the consequences of change (e.g. species extinctions, land use, climate change) on biodiversity. My work combines macroecological approaches with small scale datasets, spanning nearly all taxonomic groups and continents, to gain a more complete understanding of biodiversity change – e.g., what mechanisms drive response in different aspects of biodiversity, how are these different responses interrelated, and what magnitude of response should be expected under different scenarios?

All QBio sponsored talks take place on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. in the 3rd floor Orchard View room of the Discovery Building unless otherwise noted. Talks are open to the public. Access to the room is via the elevator behind Aldo’s Cafe in the Northeast corner of the building.