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February 8, 2019 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Old Main #0121 | Map
4841 Cass
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

The Earth and Environmental Science Seminar Series presents: "Restoring Aquatic Biodiversity in the Anthropocene: Developing the Science of Reintroduction Biology" with Dr. Trevor Pitcher, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of the Freshwater Restoration Ecology Centre for the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER) at the University of Windsor.  

Friday February 8th at 2:30pm

Old Main Room 0121 (in tbe basement near the front entrance)

Reception and refreshments to precede 40 – 50 min seminar followed by time for questions

Abstract:  After centuries of human-induced habitat alteration and over-harvesting, biodiversity conservation is now entering a period focused on restoration. Among restoration techniques, reintroductions are unique because they not only attempt to stem the loss of biodiversity but also attempt to increase biodiversity by releasing individuals from extirpated species back to where they historically occurred.  Such methods are becoming more common as we come into the Anthropocene, our current era during which human activity has been the dominant influence on the environment and ecosystems. Reintroductions have occurred across the globe and reintroduced species span the spectrum of wildlife species, including fishes. I will provide a history of reintroduction efforts and outline empirical work on fishes that colleagues and I have been focused on in the Great Lakes. In addition to providing historical context and empirical examples, I will (i) challenge what it means to be a native species in the context of reintroduction efforts, (ii) outline how the incorporation of evolutionary principles may improve reintroduction success, and (iii) suggest ways in which we can merge theory from invasion biology and reintroduction biology to provide an integrated framework for conservation biologists.

 

Biography: Dr. Pitcher is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the Freshwater Restoration Ecology Centre for the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER) at the University of Windsor.  His research program is focused on safeguarding healthy Great Lakes.  Specializing in aquatic ecology, Dr. Pitcher’s research focuses on the conservation of Great Lakes fishes (e.g. Lake Sturgeon, Atlantic salmon) fish aquatic contaminant stress, and restoration ecology. As the Founding Director of the University of Windsor’s Freshwater Restoration Ecology Centre (FREC) in LaSalle, Ontario, Dr. Pitcher is currently engaged in scientific research aimed at restoring species of fish in the Great Lakes to self-sustaining population levels, using methods such as translocation/reintroduction biology.

For more information about this event, please contact Shirley Papuga at 313-577-2506.