The Power of Experimental Macroecology in Disentangling Global Change Impacts on Plants, Vegetation, & Ecosystems
Biochange seminar serier
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Foredragsholder: Prof. Vigdis Vandvik, Universitetet i Bergen
Predicting the rate, magnitude, and consequences of ecological responses to
unprecedented rates of global environmental change present a pressing challenge for
today’s ecologists. Both experimental and macroecological approaches are yielding
important insights, and while these approaches originated from very different schools of
thought we are now increasingly seeing collaborative efforts to combine them, for
example by replicating experiments across gradients, regions, and biomes. In this talk,
Prof. Vandvik will give examples of such experimental macroecological approaches,
and highlight some of the insights gained from these approaches but also explore
challenges and discuss opportunities and priorities for the future of experimental
macroecology. An often-overlooked opportunity in these approaches lie in their use as
educational platforms. Opportunities for hands-on experiences with ‘real’ research, and
especially when local field sites and experiments can be set in a broader regional or
even global context, has great potential for enhancing educational outcomes. Prof.
Vandvik will discuss how ‘real-life’ research experiences can enhance student learning,
engagement, and motivation for future roles in science and society.
Host: Prof. Jens-Christian Svenning, Department of Biology, Aarhus University.
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