Nutrients and Pollutants in Aquatic Systems - Making Sense of Complex Controls at the Landscape Scale
Presented by Jesse Becker
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
My research uses a landscape perspective to answer questions about the effects of human alteration to and interaction with aquatic ecosystems. Understanding large-scale processes can inform ecosystem managers and better inform ecologists so that our expectations of management and restoration activities are more aligned with ecologically reasonable outcomes. I will present the findings from two large watershed studies on how landscape properties influence aquatic nutrients and pollution.
I will also present preliminary findings from a student centered national survey of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in rivers and streams. Humans have influenced nearly every ecosystem on earth, and as population grows the function and services on which we rely will have to be provided by ecosystems that are more substantially altered. A better understanding of large-scale processes is needed in order to meet long-term goals of environmental sustainability.
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium Sponsored by: Dean of the College.