Jennifer Provencher, a PhD student, co-supervised by myself and Grant Gilchrist (NWRC), went to a workshop that was sponsored by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP) which is a working group of the Arctic Council. The workshop was in Saint Petersburg Russia from April 22-24. The meeting was themed “Action Adaptations for a Changing Arctic (AACA-C)”. The meeting’s purpose was to bring together climate model scientists, natural scientists, especially those with a marine focus, and others stakeholders (Governments, oil and gas producers etc.) to discuss the feasibility of strategies to maintain valued areas under projected climate change scenarios. The workshop focussed on three pilot regions (Barents Sea, Davis Strait-Baffin Bay, and the Beaufort-Chukchi-Bering Sea). All climate models predict moderate changes over the next 30 years regardless of scenarios and actions taken today, but show that strategies taken today on limiting carbon emissions over the next 80 years might greatly change how the planet will look. The report from the meeting goes back to the Arctic Council at its May ministerial meeting for final approval for the project to go ahead.
For the past three months and for the next three months, the Forbes’ Lab is hosting two researchers from CNRS Montpellier France. Dr. Karen McCoy is a molecular ecologist and evolutionary biologist who specializes in local host adaptation of seabird ticks and its influence on Lymes bacteria transmission. Dr. Thierry Boulinier is interested in maternal transfer of antibodies to seabird chicks and is also studying disease outbreaks in colonies of polar seabirds, most notably albatrosses. The Forbes’ lab also hosted a seminar in late January by Dr. Alex Cordoba-Aguilar, Departamento de Ecologĺa Evolutiva, Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. His talk was entitled “On the functional ecology of wing pigmentation: a case study in insects”.
Some time ago, a group of colleagues and myself were hosted at University of Toronto’s Koffler Scientific Reserve to discuss, among other things, the future of Canadian Field Stations (mostly University-based field
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