An Online Best Practices Guide for Conducting Ocean Global Change Biology Multiple-Driver Experiments

Session ID#: 85204

Session Description:
How will marine life respond to the cumulative pressures of multiple environmental drivers such as warming, acidification, and hypoxia?  This major challenge within the UN SDG 14 (Life Under Water) is a key question for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Manipulation studies with multiple drivers are a powerful approach to both test holistic scenarios, and improve mechanistic understanding of organismal responses.  However, multiple driver experiments often require simplification so that they are doable and interpretable, while still capturing important responses and interactions over appropriate temporal and spatial scales. No single approach can be universally applied, so a strong understanding of experimental design and analysis elements is needed for ocean global change biology experimentalists. SCOR Working Group 149 ( recently launched a web-based Best Practice Guide (BPG) to help researchers overcome these hurdles and keep up to date with innovations in experimental design.  The BPG includes a decision support tool, an experimental design simulation tool, and ten video tutorials to boost experimental design skills.  This stepwise tutorial offers a better understanding of the biological effects of multiple drivers through better experimental designs, to improve our picture of how ‘Life Under Water’ will respond to complex anthropogenic change.
  • ED - Education, Outreach and Policy
  • OB - Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry
  • OC - Ocean Change: Acidification and Hypoxia
Index Terms:

1630 Impacts of global change [GLOBAL CHANGE]
1635 Oceans [GLOBAL CHANGE]
4203 Analytical modeling and laboratory experiments [OCEANOGRAPHY: GENERAL]
4813 Ecological prediction [OCEANOGRAPHY: BIOLOGICAL]
Primary Presenter:  David A Hutchins, University of Southern California, Marine and Environmental Biology, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Co-Presenter:  Sinead Collins, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Moderators:  Nichole Price, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and Hadley McIntosh Marcek, University of Maryland Center (UMCES CBL) for Environmental Science Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Solomons, MD, United States

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