Aquatic Research Group Seminar to explore the factors shaping urban ecosystem services

Carly Ziter
Carly Ziter

Editor’s note: Today, the room number for this event was changed to 140 HNES Building.

The next event in the 2019-20 Aquatic Research Group (ARG) Seminar Series features Concordia University Assistant Professor Carly Ziter presenting a talk titled “Thinking beyond the park: landscape structure, land-use history and biodiversity shape urban ecosystem services.” It takes place on Monday, Feb. 24, at 12:30 p.m. in room 140 HNES Building, Keele Campus. The seminar will be followed by a free lunch at 1:30 p.m. All members of the York community are welcome to attend.

The pan-Faculty ARG Seminar Series, organized by biology Professor Sapna Sharma in York University’s Faculty of Science, brings top ecologists from across the province to York to talk about their research in aquatic ecology and what’s causing stress in our waterways.

Professor Ziter grew up in southern Ontario, in a house surrounded by fields (usually corn, sometimes soy), punctuated by small woodlots. In her mind, this mix of farmland, housing and forest wasn’t an “ecosystem,” it was just where she walked the dog. Now, she realizes that these human-dominated landscapes are hard at work providing a multitude of ecosystem services we rely on, and she’s fascinated by how we can manage these areas better. When she’s not busy researching the intersection of landscape structure, biodiversity and ecosystem services, she can be found enjoying the great outdoors, knitting or at the pottery studio.

​Ziter has a PhD (2018) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MSc (2013) from McGill University and a BSc (2011) from the University of Guelph.

Here’s a look at the rest of the ARG Seminar Series lineup:

March 11: Professor Karen Kidd (McMaster University), “Local through global influences of human activities on mercury in aquatic ecosystems.”

The ARG includes researchers who focus on aquatic science from the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Environmental Studies, and Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. The seminar series is designed to engage this multidisciplinary scientific community at all levels, including graduate and undergraduate students, both at York University and in the wider aquatic science community.