Please join the Estuaries and Marine Sections on Sunday August 19th for the 3rd “Monsters of” fundraiser event. This year features the “Monsters of Climate Science.” The event costs $40 ($20 for students) and walk ins are accepted at the door. The event is Sunday August 19 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. in Room 320 at the Convention Center.

The event is a fundraiser for student travel awards for the Estuaries and Marine Sections. Additional support was provided by the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists (AIFRB).  To prepare for the event, we asked some of the Monsters a series of quick questions. We look forward to seeing you in Atlantic City!

Q&A with Some of the Presenters

Question: What is one of the coolest things you have learned related to climate science?

Lisa Kerr: I am totally amazed by the pace of change we are seeing in the Gulf of Maine. As a graduate student, I never imagined the changes in distribution, productivity, and phenology that we are now seeing on-the water.

Michelle Staudinger: I am fascinated by emerging research on novel species interactions and assemblages as species shift their range, phenology or behavior due to climate change. I think experimental or in situ studies are especially cool that look at what happens when a prey is faced with a new/invading predator they have (theoretically) never seen before (or vice versa). Do they hide, flee, or react at all? Or from the predator perspective – do they eat it, not eat it? It makes me wonder what is going on in their heads and I can’t help but make up a narrative of something along the lines of…hey, what the heck is that? I think I’ll go check it out….gets eaten.

Question: What got you interested in your field?

Lisa Kerr: I think understanding climate impacts of fish and fisheries and thinking about ways to adapt our fisheries management strategies to be responsive to climate change are the most important challenges we face in fisheries science today.

Michelle Staudinger:  I began my scientific career as a trophic ecologist, and became interested in climate change as I began to wonder how it was influencing the population dynamics and distribution of predator and prey populations in the Northwest Atlantic. Specifically, I was interested in dolphinfish being caught off the coast of Massachusetts and whether their catches were related to changing environmental conditions or fishing practices.

Abigail Lynch: I become interested from a damselfish tapping on my snorkel mask.

Question: What did you wish you had studied (or learned more about) when you were still a student?

Lisa Kerr: Economics!

Michelle Staudinger:  I wish I had taken more spatial modeling classes and GIS when I was a student. Although a lot of the advances in that field have happened since I got my degrees. Thankfully there are continuing education courses through the AFS networks!

Abigail Lynch: Environmental Economics

Monsters of Climate Science takes place Sunday August 19 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. in CC 320 at the Convention Center. 2018 Monsters of Climate Science include: Doug Beard (USGS), Vincent Saba (NOAA/NMFS), Lisa Kerr (Gulf of Maine Research Institute), Michael Staudinger (DOI Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center), Talia Young (Princeton University), and Abigail Lynch (USGS).