NWFSC Monster Seminar Jam: Cayelan Carey, Ph.D
This seminar is part of the Northwest Fisheries Science Center's Monster Seminar Jam series.
Cayelan Carey, Associate Professor with the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech, is presenting her talk, "Integrating sensor networks and simulation modeling to forecast reservoir water quality." The talk will be moderated by Eli Ward (Northwest Fisheries Science Center).
This seminar will examine ecological forecasting as a framework for advancing freshwater science and management. Near-term iterative ecological forecasts, or predictions of future ecosystem conditions with fully-specified uncertainties, hold great promise for improving our understanding of freshwater ecosystems in the face of increasingly variable conditions due to land use and climate change. This approach has particular application for drinking water supply reservoirs, which exhibit dynamic water quality conditions day to day yet must provide critical ecosystem services upon which society depends.
Dr. Cayelan Carey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech. Her research program integrates ecosystem science and data science to understand how lakes and reservoirs are changing in response to human activities, which in turn will alter how humans value and make decisions about their freshwater resources. Carey leads Macrosystems EDDIE (Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry & Exploration), a teaching program that integrates high-frequency sensor data and ecosystem modeling into undergraduate classrooms and serves in leadership roles in the Global Lakes Ecological Observatory Network and the Ecological Forecasting Initiative. She is passionate about developing new ways to engage researchers spanning multiple disciplines in grassroots collaborative networks, especially when large, messy ecological datasets are involved. Prior to coming to Virginia Tech, Carey was a postdoctoral associate at the University of Wisconsin and has a PhD in Ecology from Cornell University and an AB in Environmental Biology from Dartmouth College.
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