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Creating compute-ready open resources for pollinator conservation in a quickly changing world

TRIPODS Seminar

Creating compute-ready open resources for pollinator conservation in a quickly changing world
Series: TRIPODS Seminar
Location: Online
Presenter: Kathleen Prudic, UArizona School of Natural Resources and the Environment

 

Abstract: Ecology faces an enormous challenge of explaining and predicting how climate change affects species distributions, hotspots, and affiliations, all of which impact ecosystem function and conservation. Pollinators play a special role in ecosystem function by contributing to the next generation of plants and moving nitrogen and carbon through the food web. Butterflies are model species for understanding the effects of climate change on pollinators writ large because a tremendous amount of natural and life history knowledge is known. However, this information about butterflies and their interactions with plants is not compute ready. Specifically, we are hampered by data integration, data reliability, and taxonomic alignment. Here, I describe an approach that applies a combination of ecological, taxonomical, and computational thinking to create a compute-ready, open resource to study plant-insect interactions and climate change at a continental scale.

 

 

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