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Our research focuses on understanding the processes that shape marine communities, and what conditions and interactions support or erode their diversity and resilience to climate variability.


figure from articleHarnessing marine microclimates for climate change adaptation and marine conservation

C. Brock Woodson, Fiorenza Micheli, Charles Boch, Maha Al-Najjar, Antonio Espinoza,, Arturo Hernandez, Leonardo Vázquez-Vera, Andrea Saenz-Arroyo, Stephen G. Monismith, Jorge Torre

Main Points

- Responses to climate change and large-scale forcing can vary widely at local scales creating marine microclimates.

- Microclimates are robust even under extreme large-scale forcing events (ENSO, climate change) potentially creating spatial refuges or ‘safe spaces’ for important species.

- Small/medium no-take zones, artificial reefs, and other possible spatial management can be placed to harness local variability as an adaptation or conservation measure in the face of climate change.

DOI: 10.1111/conl.12609 Conservation Letters

Lab Highlights

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