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Andrew Thurber and Sarah Seabrook, CEOAS, Oregon State University

Linking cold seep processes to Cascadia margin ecosystems: Using a foundation of discovery to quantify and communicate ecosystem worth

Thursday, November 2, 2017 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

In this talk we will talk about how combining discovery with an increased mechanistic understanding of the processes at methane seeps can provide a foundation to communicating and valuing the worth of these deep-sea ecosystems to society.  Starting broad we will talk about biogeographical patterns of methane seep communities and what we have learned from recent expeditions off our coast, stretching along the Cascadia Margin.  Following this we will talk about what we have learned about trophic dynamics of a potential future commercial species (the Tanner Crab) that is often found at these habitat and how species such as this can impact processes across the margin, including the role of the habitats to humans. Finally, we will step back and discuss a current project that uses methane seeps, and other deep-sea habitats off of Oregon to quantify and valuate the services provided by the deeper water zones that are part of our coastal ecosystem and society.  

OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center
Guin Library Seminar Room
2030 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport
OR
Bill Chadwick
7-0179
bill.chadwick at oregonstate.edu
Hatfield Marine Sci Ctr
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