Sensitivity and vulnerability of ecosystems to climate change

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Biogeography Specialty Group, Coastal and Marine Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Jackson, Marriott, 5th Floor
Organizers: Stephanie Pau, Sarah Lester
Chairs: Stephanie Pau


Anthropogenic climate change has and continues to impact ecosystems through changes such as warming temperatures, rising CO2, and increased frequency of extreme disturbance events. It is increasingly important to understand the extent and
magnitude of these effects on species and their habitats and the cascading impacts on the human communities that rely on ecosystem services from natural systems. For example, there is a need to identify the causes and ecological consequences of species’ range shifts, changes in phenology, altered ecosystem functions, and how all of these changes affect the balance of the social-ecological system. Effective mitigation and adaptation will require a better understanding the vulnerability, resilience and adaptive capacity of people and societies that manage and depend on natural resources and habitats. This session will highlight research that addresses ecological impacts of climate change, while also examining the human-environment dimensions of climate change. Talks will explore novel work on the sensitivity of different ecosystem types and components to climate change as well as new applications of vulnerability frameworks to improve our understanding of the linkages between the ecological and social aspects of climate change. Collectively, the session will highlight pathways of scholarship that can improve our predictions of how social-ecological systems will respond to future change, thereby informing potential solutions to climate change impacts on ecosystems and societies.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Sarah Lester*, Florida State University, Katherine Siegel, University of California Berkeley, Reniel Cabral, University of California Santa Barbara, Jennifer McHenry, Florida State University, Elena Ojea, University of Vigo, Spain, Brandon Owashi, University of California Santa Barbara, Variation in social-ecological vulnerability to climate change-induced coral bleaching in coastal systems across the insular Caribbean 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Jennifer McHenry*, Department of Geography, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 32306, Heather Welch, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Environmental Research Division, Monterey, CA, 93940, Vince S Saba, NOAA, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08540, Sarah E Lester, Department of Geography, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 32306, Going beyond temperature: Forecasting geographic range shifts and relative climate vulnerability within the northwestern Atlantic 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Stephanie Pau*, Florida State University, Daniel K Okamoto, Florida State University, Osvaldo Calderon, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, S. Joseph Wright, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Long-term increases in tropical flowering activity in response to rising CO2 and climate change 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Kyle Cavanaugh*, UCLA - LOS ANGELES, CA, Climate driven regime shifts in a mangrove-saltmarsh transition zone 20 9:00 AM
Presenter Charlotte Whitney*, University of Victoria, Natalie Ban, University of Victoria, Scenarios and community perceptions of climate change adaptation and marine planning in a coastal social-ecological system 20 9:20 AM

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