Date: April 24, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PT
Presenter: Kimberly Howland, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Overview: The risk of aquatic invasive species (AIS) introductions in the Arctic is expected to increase with ongoing trends of greater shipping activity, resource exploitation, and climate warming in the region. We identified a suite of AIS (benthic invertebrates, zooplankton, macroalgae and phytoplankton) with the greatest likelihood of introduction and impact in the Canadian Arctic. The top twenty-three riskiest species were then modelled to predict the potential spatial distributions. Join this webinar to learn about the research, results and how this approach will aid in the identification of present and future high risk areas for AIS in response to global warming.
Bio: Kimberly Howland holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Ecology from the University of Alberta. She is currently a Research Scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba and an adjunct professor with the Universities of Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec. She has conducted aquatic ecology research in the Arctic for over 20 years and was the Arctic node lead for the Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network over the past 5 years. Her work on marine aquatic invasive species in this region focusses on improving baseline coastal biodiversity information, risk assessments of shipping pathways and species, predictive modelling of habitat suitability for high risk species, and incorporating early detection tools in community-based monitoring.