Biodiversity monitoring for conservation & management
Given the rate of global species loss, biodiversity assessment is critical to develop meaningful conservation strategies and to prepare for the impacts of anthropogenic changes. In a recent study, we found that long-term monitoring of biodiversity has a disproportionate impact on scientific discovery and plays a central role to national-level policy recommendations made by the National Research Council. Although my current research is primarily theoretical, I maintain a long-term succession experiment along the Oregon coast and contribute to biodiversity monitoring along the California coasts in my free time, with iNaturalist.
Hughes, Beas-Luna, Barner and 28 others, Raimondi, Menge, Grorud-Colvert, Novak, Carr. 2017. Long-term studies contribute disproportionately to ecology and policy. Bioscience. link.
As part of an NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity Distributed Graduate Seminar, we used a large-scale dataset from the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center to characterize biogeographic patterns in invertebrate and fish biodiversity, and developed a framework for designating biodiversity hotspots that takes into account spatial and temporal variation in diversity.
Piacenza, Barner, et al. 2015. Patterns and variation of benthic biodiversity in a large marine ecosystem. PLoS ONE. link
Piacenza, Thurman, Barner, et al. 2015. A new method for evaluating temporal consistency in biodiversity hotspots. PLoS ONE. link