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Kelp to whales: evidence for a bottom-up trophic cascade
Cape Perpetua Fall Speaker Series

Enjoy a variety of free educational presentations hosted by the Cape Perpetua Collaborative. Guest speaker presentations will be held most Saturdays, November - March. All events are free and held virtually on Zoom this season.

March 5 at 10:00am - Presenting Lisa Hildebrand, Graduate Student at Oregon State University in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Sciences

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Kelp forests are dynamic ecosystems that provide crucial habitat for a myriad of species across all trophic levels of coastal food webs, including gray whales on the Oregon coast. Gray whales forage heavily in kelp-dominated reefs where high abundances of their zooplankton prey are found. However, kelp forests have been declining along the US West Coast coincident with increases in purple sea urchin populations. Are these changes happening on the Oregon coast and are higher trophic levels, like gray whales, affected? Come hear about the research that a team of Oregon State University researchers to answer these questions.

Mar 5, 2022 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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