EXCLUSIVE FOR MWA MEMBERS ONLY!
MWA 2021 Member Webinar Series: Ecohydrology of Interdunal Wetlands on Lake Michigan’s Eastern Coastline
Dates: May 13, 2021
Location: Zoom link will be sent to registered attendees
Time: 12:00 to 1:00pm
Cost: Free for MWA members; Become a member for $20 to enjoy our webinar series!
Instructor: Dr. Tiffany Schriever, Assistant Professor at Western Michigan University
Dr. Tiffany Schriever is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University, with a joint appointment in the Institute of the Environmental and Sustainability studies program. Schriever is a freshwater ecologist interested in how environmental variation influences ecological dynamics across temporal and spatial scales from individuals to the ecosystems. She leads a research team comprised of undergraduates, graduate students, and colleagues, which investigates community and ecosystem ecology in freshwater habitats. Schriever implements experimental and comparative approaches in field settings to tackle the complexities of herpetofauna and aquatic macroinvertebrates communities. Her work is important to achieving a better understanding of spatial and temporal patterns of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.
Webinar Description: This members only lunchtime webinar is a technical discussion on interdunal wetland research intended to shed light on this ecosystem’s incredibly complex patterns and hydrology. Coastal wetlands provide essential ecosystem functions such as water quality, maintaining the health of the Great Lakes and offer critical habitat for aquatic biodiversity. Interdunal wetlands, develop in wind-formed depressions within open dunes or between beach ridges along the coastlines of the Great Lakes. Despite the paramount importance of interdunal wetlands in the Great Lakes ecosystem, the ecology and hydrology of this habitat remains virtually unknown. The Schriever lab group has focused on identifying biodiversity patterns at local and regional scales, while examining the influence of and change across environmental gradients both in terms of genetic diversity and functional diversity as well as characterizing the hydrology of interdunal wetlands. Our work has produced the first estimates of aquatic biodiversity, population genetic structure, and clues to the dynamic hydrologic conditions in interdunal wetlands.