CLASP Seminar Series: Prof. Sparkle Malone
WHEN: March 25, 2021 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
Prof. Sparkle Malone of Florida International University will give a virtual lecture as part of the CLASP Seminar Series. Please join us!
"Focus on the carbon: Understanding the conditions that facilitate resilient ecosystems"
Although wetlands are valued for their capacity to support the resilience of coastal communities, these ecosystems are at risk due to anthropogenic pressure and sea level rise (SLR). In one of the most dynamic wetland complexes in the world, the Florida Everglades, changes in freshwater supply and accelerated rates of SLR are changing historical landscape patterns, including the carbon (C) cycle. The hydrology and disturbance regime in the Everglades region developed a rich diversity of communities. Productivity across the Everglades peaks near the coast (Mangroves Riverine Forests; 1200 g C m-2 yr-1) where the supply of P from seawater is balanced by freshwater supplies. Further inland, long- and short-hydroperiod freshwater ecosystems range from being a small sink to a small source of CO2 (-11– -110 g CO2 m-2 yr-1) annually. With the future of South Florida tied to the management of natural resources, it is essential that we understand how shifts in climate, land management and disturbance regimes influence the resilience of South Florida.
Dr. Malone’s primary research focus is to improve our understanding of how climate and disturbance regimes influence spatial and temporal variability in ecosystem structure and function. Using remote sensing, eddy covariance, and spatial and temporal models she explores questions related to ecosystem condition, sustainability, and vulnerability to climate extremes.
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