The Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laborator y Conservation Lecture Series
Species Interactions: The Dual Effects of Fishing & Invasive Species
 by Dr. Felicia Coleman
The web of species interactions - from predation and competition to parasitism and commensalism - has a profound effect on the distribution, abundance, and diversity of organisms in space and time. Normal interactions are influenced by both natural and human-induced conditions that can reshuffle species associations and present considerable problems for conservation and management. This talk provides: (1) an overview of fishing effects on species interactions in the marine realm and the effects on ecosystem resiliency, providing a global view of the problem and consequences; (2) a focus on the interactions that develop around habitat engineered by Red Grouper; and (3) a discussion of the potential consequences to habitat following from overfishing and contact with invasive species. Overfishing removes habitat important to sustaining biological diversity either directly or indirectly while invading species can reduce local biodiversity to such an extent that it has the potential to influence prey availability, parasite loads, and behavior of native species.
August 11th, 2016
at 7 pm

FSUCML Auditorium

Reception follows the presentation

Dr. Felicia Coleman  i s a marine ecologist with primary research interests in species interactions and habitat use. These interests extend to examining how science is incorporated in policies that affect the management and conservation of marine systems. She served on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and on National Academy panels related to Marine Protected Areas, Best Available Science in Fisheries Management, and Evaluating the Sustainability of Field Stations and Marine Laboratories. She is an Aldo Leopold Conservation Fellow and a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation. Dr. Coleman is currently director of the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory.