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Coastal Marine Communities in the Gulf: Challenges and Opportunities
By Dr. John Burt
Dr. Burt is an Assistant Professor of Practice of Biology at NYU, Abu Dhabi. He is a marine biologist, who uses the Arabian Gulf as a natural laboratory to study coral reef ecology in extreme environments. He attempts to understand how these may serve as a model for the possible impacts of future climate change on reefs elsewhere. His current research seeks to examine how coral communities in these extreme environments respond to and recover from mass bleaching events, and how variation in environmental conditions affect biogeographic patterns of community structure of corals, fish, and other reef biota in the region. He also continues to study the ecological and management implications of coastal developments in urban areas, and seeks to develop more sustainable coastal management practices in the Gulf.
This lecture is organized as part of the Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences Seminar Series.
For further details, please contact Dr. Fatin Samara ([email protected])