Research in the Baum Lab is motivated by a fundamental desire to understand how human activities are changing marine ecosystems, and what the consequences of these changes are for nature and for people. Our current research centres around the following questions:
We are committed to open science and data sharing, and to outreach aimed at enhancing public understanding of our research, ocean conservation, and science in general. Our overarching goal is to make scientific discoveries that advance understanding of oceanic ecosystems, and inform and inspire effective solutions for their conservation.
News - Fall 2019
Our new paper about shark and ray diversity in South Africa is out in PLoS ONE! Led by PhD student Geoff Osgood, this work represents our fantastic collaboration with Meaghen McCord of the South African Shark Conservancy, December
Congratulations to Jenny Smith, who defended her MSc thesis on the effects of climate change on coral reef herbivory!, December
Julia's new Royal Society of Canada report on Sustaining Canadian Marine Biodiversity, led by Jeffrey Hutchings, is out! Read the report and related article in Policy Options, November
Coral Resilience to Climate Change: We are recruiting one to two new PhD students and one new Post-doctoral researcher, who will work with our coral microbiome team, to investigate mechanisms of coral resilience to climate change using our long-term data sets from Kiritimati. September 2020 start date.
Help support our research on coral reefs and climate change! We are currently raising funds for our summer 2020 expedition to Kiritimati (Christmas) Island, where we will be studying how the coral reefs are recovering from the 2015-2016 El Niño.
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