4/18, Tuesday 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
At the University of Maine, Dr. Olsen’s research program explores how animals, particularly birds, respond to environmental change.
Tidal marshes blur the transition between land and ocean across great swaths of the Atlantic seaboard of North America. These estuarine systems act as the nurseries for our fisheries and provide protection from storm surges for our towns and cities. As an ecosystem with a mix of terrestrial and aquatic characteristics, however, they are also inhabited by species with unique adaptations for survival.
Sea-level rise is already challenging these adaptations, and the outcome for these species, the ecosystem as a whole, and the services they supply our society remains unclear. This presentation discusses the state of tidal marsh bird populations in the Northeast US, with an eye toward what that can tell us about how our marshes are weathering the rising waters.