Workshop: "Quaternary marine ecosystems: climate versus human impacts in the pre-industrial era"
The workshop aims to assemble:
1) published data of marine death assemblages, archaeological data and historical records to write a review on pre-industrial human and climate impacts on marine ecosystems; and
2) metadata on available sedimentary archives that could be repurposed to obtain marine death assemblages.
Dr. Martin Visbeck
Dr. Anne Salomon
Dr. Heike K. Lotze
Recording are available to watch below under post meeting material.
The Q-MARE seminar series featuring Rowan Lockwood on "Bay of the Living Dead: Conservation Paleobiology of Chesapeake Bay Oysters" will be incorporated into this workshop. > Calendar
Assemble metadata on available sedimentary archives and published data to address the workshop question.
Climate and human activities altered marine ecosystems for thousands of years before industrialization, changing the composition, structure and dynamics of marine communities and the distribution, ecology and physiology of marine organisms. However, disentangling human impacts from those of natural climate variability remains a challenge. Marine ecosystems have proven robust to natural climatic perturbations, but are less resilient to anthropogenic impacts. Moreover, the timing, rate, and intensity of anthropogenic impacts on marine ecosystems before and after the industrial revolution varied across the world, increasing and confounding the effect of the shifting baselines syndrome. Q-MARE brings together scientists from different disciplines to disentangle past climate and human-induced changes and explore the timing and scale of human impacts on Quaternary marine ecosystems by combining paleontological, paleoclimatic, archaeological, and historical data.