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March Professors at the Pub

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Third Window Brewing

406 East Haley Street

#3

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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The Future of Coral Reefs: Does it Depend on Help from Fish? A talk led by Professor of Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology Deron Burkepile.

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Coral reefs are a hub of of marine biodiversity. They provide food, recreation, and shoreline protection to some 1 billion people. But reefs around the globe have seen a 50 to 90 percent decline in coral abundance, and forecasts of reef health have been dire. Long-term research by our group shows that reducing nutrient pollution and fish over-harvesting can help reefs resist and recover from the impacts of large-scale disturbances such as coral bleaching – and may help corals survive in a warming world.

Burkepile received his B.A. in Biology from the University of Mississippi in 1999 where he studied marine natural products chemistry and chemical ecology. In 2006, he received his Ph.D. from Georgia Tech with a dissertation focused on the interactive roles of herbivores and nutrients in structuring coral reef communities. After his Ph.D., he spent two years as a Brown Post-doctoral Fellow at Yale University where he worked on the ecology of big herbivores (wildebeest, zebra, impala) in African savannas.  Burkepile was an Assistant Professor at Florida International University 2008-2015 before moving to UC Santa Barbara where he is a Professor in Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology.

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