Seminar on Fish and Environmental Change

January 20, 2022 - 3:30 PM
HMSC Research Seminar Series

Beached salmon shark.\Photo courtesy of the Seaside Aquarium.

The Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Thursday Research Seminar Series continues online this year.  Next up, on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 3:30 p.m., is a talk on fish research.  Speaker Alexandra McInturf will address “A multiscale approach to understanding fish responses to environmental change in California ecosystems.”  The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. McInturf is now a postdoctoral fellow with CICOES (Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean and Ecosystem Studies) in the Big Fish Lab at Oregon State University.  She obtained her PhD in animal behavior from the University of California at Davis before moving to OSU to study salmon sharks in the Pacific Northwest.

Her description of her topic:

“Predicting organism responses to environmental change is challenging, particularly in aquatic and marine ecosystems. Here I present three case studies to demonstrate how these responses can vary across scales, from physiology to behavior to species distribution. To do so, I examine fish species found in California, including salmon and their common predators, and two different sharks (sevengill and basking sharks). I demonstrate the value of using data collected at different resolutions to better predict fish responses to various environmental variables. Ultimately, these approaches could be used to inform more proactive conservation strategies, in California and elsewhere. Finally, I will conclude with a brief introduction to my postdoctoral research on salmon sharks and Chinook salmon in the Pacific Northwest.” 

To attend this seminar, go here.

Password: 972587 or call +1-971-247-1195 US Meeting ID: 945 5573 1151