Ph.D. Seminar by Matt Pyne

The distribution of lotic insect traits in relation to reference conditions and projected climate change in the western United States

The use of species traits (e.g., life history, morphology) to describe community responses to environmental change has become a common practice in stream ecology. I described the dominant trait-environmental relationships in western United States streams and found that traits had the strongest relationships with regional climate and local stream habitat conditions (e.g., temperature, substrate size, runoff) rather than elevation or land use. I also used two distinct trait-based methods (Bayesian path analysis and niche modeling) to evaluate how stream aquatic insect communities may respond to climate change and found that the distribution of cold-adapted taxa was strongly correlated with thermal buffers and refuges in most dry ecoregions, indicating temperature-sensitive taxa are on the brink of their thermal tolerance in those areas.

Ph.D. seminar by Matt Pyne

Advisor: N. LeRoy Poff

June 26 at 8 AM

Room 306 in Yates Building

Event Date: 2014-06-26

Event Start Time: 8 a.m.

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Event Location: 306 Yates Building