SES seminar - Dr. Joey Bernhardt

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Alexander Hall 265, University of Guelph and online via Teams (E-mail for link)


We welcome Dr. Joey Bernhardt as a speaker for our SES Seminar series. Dr. Bernhardt will talk about "Towards a mechanistic science of global change: from cells to ecosystems and human well-being"Dr. Joey Bernhardt is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph. 


Biodiversity and ecosystems sustain human well-being. Global change is threatening the benefits that natural systems provide to people, fundamentally altering our ability to secure a sustainable and equitable future for humanity. The challenge for ecological science is clear: we need to understand ongoing environmental changes in mechanistic ways and at multiple scales that matter for ecosystems and people. In this talk, I will present recent work that addresses this challenge by linking physiological processes to higher order ecological processes governing the dynamics of populations and ecosystems, and the benefits to human well-being they provide. I will demonstrate how understanding living systems in terms of the core chemical and physical processes that sustain life (i.e. metabolism) has created inroads to predicting biological responses to environmental change. I will also present new work that bridges the gap between biodiversity science and human health in the context of seafood, by extending statistical and theoretical approaches from ecosystem science to human nutrition science. This work that has shown that biodiversity (species diversity and ecological functional diversity) directly enhances nutritional benefits at global and local scales, with the potential to combat the problem of micronutrient deficiencies in coastal communities.


Dr. Joey Bernhardt is an integrative ecologist. Her research aims to advance our fundamental understanding of the drivers of biodiversity change and the consequences of these changes for human well-being. Her research advances a solution to this challenge by studying the processes that unite all of life on Earth – the metabolic processes by which living systems uptake, store and convert energy, matter, and information from their environments to grow and persist. She combines theory, experiments and synthesis to study how living systems change as the environment changes, and what these changes mean for human well-being.

You can learn more about Dr. Bernhardt's research on her website.

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