Dr. Whitcraft’s talk will cover research in Southern California wetland systems that evaluates whether the plant, algal and benthic macroinvertebrate communities and associated decomposer-based food webs will return to a pre-disturbance state (as compared to reference marshes). In an effort to reclaim degraded wetland habitat, the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy restored tidal influence to three marshes (Talbert, Brookhurst, and Magnolia) isolated from tides for almost 100 years. Dr. Whitcraft demonstrates the potential effectiveness of tidal restoration for California wetlands and provides information about efficient and effective methods by which to evaluate the restoration of important marsh ecosystem functions, such as food web support.
Dr. Christine Whitcraft is an associate professor at CSULB who teaches Wetland Ecology and Conservation Biology classes and runs the Wetland Ecology research lab in the Biological Sciences Department. She earned her PhD at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and did her post-doc at San Francisco State University and San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. According to Christine, wetland ecology provides an opportunity for her to have job and be outside at the same time.
Date & Time
May 14, 2015
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Bolsa Chica Conservancy
3842 Warner Ave.
(additional parking will be available at the HH Yacht Club, 3821 Warner Ave.
$5.00 (per person)
Reservations must be made in advance, spots are limited.
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