News & Events

Monday Noon Seminar - Tropical climate change and coral-reef ecosystems

Monday, March 30, 2015, 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Speaker

Diane Thompson

NCAR

Location:

ARC room 620

Abstract

Dr. Thompson will speak to tropical climate variability and its effects on coral reef ecosystems based on coral paleoclimate records, proxy-model comparisons and models of larval dispersal and reef connectivity.

Bio

Dr. Thompson is a postdoctoral fellow in Advanced Study Program working in the Climate and Global Dynamics Division. She received her PhD in 2013 from the University of Arizona, where she developed paleoclimate records from corals and lake sediments at sites across the equatorial Pacific Ocean to assess trends in the El Niño- Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the mean state of the tropical Pacific. With a background in Marine Ecology and Paleoclimatology, her research aims to improve our understanding of tropical climate variability and its effects on coral reef ecosystems. Ongoing research interests include reconstructing tropical wind, temperature, salinity and precipitation variability; proxy system modeling and proxy-model comparisons; modeling larval dispersal and reef connectivity; and predicting patterns of coral bleaching and reef stress.

Audience

Free and open to the public.