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 - Spring 2018
The Baum Lab is recruiting new PhD students and Post-doctoral researchers to conduct field-based and macroecological coral reef research. We are especially interested in recruiting a talented, highly quantitative post-doctoral researcher with advanced bioinformatics and statistics skills to analyze our coral-Symbiodinium and microbe data, collected from Kiritimati over the course of the 2015-2016 El Niño. Help turn our treasure trove of data into discoveries about coral resilience to climate change!
Julia is on sabbatical in Australia and will be delivering seminars at the University of Queensland and James Cook University soon!, January - April; Julia will also be speaking about coral reefs and about women in science at Stanford University in May.
Josie and Julia's publication on biotic homogenization of coastal seagrass fish communities is out in Global Change Biology, March
Julia and Tara Martin's Commentary 'It is time to overcome unconscious bias in ecology' is out in Nature Ecology and Evolution. Julia also spoke with Gregor Craigie on CBC Radio's 'On the Island' about the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and unconscious bias in academia, and how we may be at a turning point. Listen here, January
Julia and Danielle have new publications out on coral reefs and climate change in Science and PLoS One, January
MSc student Aaron Eger successfully defended his thesis, and is off to travels throughout Asia before beginning his PhD research in Australia. Congratulations Aaron!, December
Building from their GYA report on the importance of fundamental research, Julia and Jeremy Kerr joined forces with David Naylor and published an OpEd in Ottawa's Hill Times 'Budget 2018: A litmus test for the future of the Canadian research', December
Julia gave a seminar at the University of Cambridge's Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) and had a wonderful time interacting with CCI's conservation biologists, December
Julia, Danielle, Kristina and Jenn presented at the European Coral Reef Symposium in Oxford, December
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