In a new article published in the Journal of Environmental Management, the Ocean Tipping Points team discusses strategies for land-based source pollution management, demonstrating the benefits of trade-off analyses to help inform management decisions. Cooperation is key, but not alone.
Photo Credit: Piserio
Costly Stakeholder Participation Creates Inertia
New researcher from the Ocean Tipping Points team and our Scientific Working Group partners demonstrates how stakeholder meetings with high participation costs attract extreme winners and losers, ultimately potentially leading to inertia in marine systems prone to tipping points.
At the Top of Their Game
Research published last week by postroctoral scholar, Adrian Stier, highlights the factors necessary for successful apex predator recovery.
Photo credit: Flickr/noaaphotolib
Ocean Tipping Points collaborators have discovered that experts vary in their perception of the herring food web structure, recovery and management practices as discussed in an article published today in Conservation Letters.
Photo credit: Guy Monty
Ocean Tipping Points team goes to D.C.
Ocean Tipping Points Team members met in Washington, DC last week to host a symposium, attend the AAAS conference and meet with environmental agency representatives.
Image source: fxva.com
OTP team holding symposium at 2016 AAAS meeting
The symposium, Finding the Balance: Collaboration on Social-Ecological Tipping Points, being held on February 12 as part of the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), will discuss innovative ways that scientists and environmental managers are collaborating to prevent ecosystems from tipping into degraded states, and restore systems that have already tipped.
In our new article, “Using Ecological Thresholds to Inform Resource Management: Current Options and Future Possibilities”, we aim to facilitate the transfer of ecological threshold science out of the often technical and specialized realms of theory, modeling, and experimentation and into the realm of practical implementation.
In part 4 of our Ecosystems on the Edge blog series we discuss our team's newly developed and published 'Seven Principles for managing tipping points'.
Kim Selkoe and coauthors from the Ocean Tipping Points project published a new research article today outlining seven management principles for marine ecosystems prone to tipping points
As Sea Stars Die, New Worries About Urchins
National Geographic draws attention to a new potential tipping point hitting the California coast in thisc online article. Some urchins waste away, others come out of hiding as the fallout from sea star disease ripples along the California coast.
At the Brink: Ocean Tipping Points Blog
Rod Fujita of EDF and the Ocean Tipping Points team describes his personal experiences with tipping points in coral reef systems and how he is working to predict these transitions before they happen bringing new science and new hope to coral reef systems
In a recent blog post, researchers Kendra Karr and Rod Fujita explain how the FISHE framework is already helping inform small-scale fisheries management in Mexico, Belize, Cuba, and elsewhere
Part 3 in Our New Blog Series: Ecosystems on the Edge
In part 3 of our new blog series we discuss the 'Causes and consequences of tipped coral reef ecosystems in Hawai‘i'.
Six leading ocean thinkers come together in a new video to discuss rapid, potentially irreversible shifts in coastal and ocean ecosystems.
Hawai'i Case Study Team Meets in Oahu
The Ocean Tipping Points Hawai'i case study team met in Oahu for a 5-day working group to make progress on our database assembly, our analysis plan of attack, and honing our message about the utility of our work products for coral reef management.
2014 MEAM Issue
December 2014 - Januart 2015
A new article by Ocean Tipping Points principle investigator Carrie Kappel and co-principle investigator Ben Halpern was featured in the latest Marine Ecosystems and Management December issue and the team members were followed up by interview about the project from MEAM.
2014 Expert Management Advisory Group Meeting
October 21-22, 2014
Meeting of the minds--Ocean Tipping Points team members and Expert Management Advisory Group members convene on the Stanford campus to discuss project goals and outputs.
Our New Blog Series: Ecosystems on the Edge
December 12, 2014
Check out the second installment of our new Blog series hosted by the OpenChannels network. Ecosystems on the Edge Part 2: Measuring effective threshold-based environmental management
Avoiding Ecosystem Collapse Using Tipping Point Science
December 2, 2014
From coral reefs to prairie grasslands, some of the world’s most iconic habitats are susceptible to sudden collapse due to seemingly minor events. A classic example: the decimation of kelp forests when a decline of otter predation unleashes urchin population explosions. Three studies published in the Nov. 24 special issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society—Biological Science hold the promise of helping resource managers predict, avoid, and reverse the tipping points that lead to degraded habitats, economic losses, and social upheaval.
Initial Results Published
November 24, 2014
At the midpoint of our four-year project, we are pleased to present some of our initital findings in five scientific papers, two published last week in the journals Nature: Communications and Nature: Scientific Reports, and three appearing today in a special issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.
2014 PICES Annual Meeting
October 16-24, 2014
Ocean Tipping Points team members Dr. Rebecca Martone and Dr. Jameal Samhouri co-convened a symposium at the 2014 PICES (North Pacific Marine Science Organization) annual meeting in Yeosu, South Korea, on October 21st along with colleagues on the session entitled, "Tipping points: defining reference points for ecological indicators of multiple stressors in coastal and marine ecosystems."
2014 International Marine Conservation Congress Meeting
August 14-18, 2014
Ocean Tipping Points team member Adrian Stier presented at the 2014 International Marine Conservation Congress meeting in Glasgow, Scotland on applied ecological research with his talk entitled "Differences in Perception Not (Necessarily) Values Produce Conservation Conflict."
2014 American Fisheries Society Meeting
August 17-21, 2014
Ocean Tipping Points team member Mary Hunsicker co-organized and presented a symposium at the 2014 American Fisheries Society Meeting in Quebec, Canada on ecosystem thresholds and tipping points entitled "Integrating Ecosystem Threshold Responses into Living Marine and Aquatic Resource Management."
Communication Internship Opportunity
March 28, 2014
The Ocean Tipping Points project seeks a Science Communication and Social Media Intern for
Spring Quarter 2014.
2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting
March 6, 2014
Ocean Tipping Points team member Ashley Erickson presented at the 2014 AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii about the importance of two-way communication between science and policy in her talk entitled "The Tide Flows Both Ways: Communicating Science to Policy and Policy to Science".
Coral Reef Thresholds for Ecosystem Management
February 13, 2014
In their blog post for EDFish, Ocean Tipping Points team members Rod Fujita and Kendra Karr explain how their research is helping to elucidate where tipping points in coral reef ecosystems occur and how maintaining adequate reef fish biomass could be a key to managing for resilient coral reef systems.
Tipping Points in Fisheries Management
February 3, 2014
Jim Estes, a member of the Ocean Tipping Points Project’s Science Working Group, recently co-authored an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences about integrating the science of tipping points in fisheries management: “Integrating the invisible fabric of nature into fisheries management”.
NSERC Postdoctoral Opportunity in Social-Ecological Modeling of Forage Fish Systems
January 15, 2014
Exciting new NSERC postdoctoral position housed within the Hakai Network at Simon Fraser University, in collaboration with the Ocean Tipping Points Project
Project Featured on NOAA Fisheries' Website
September 3, 2013
An Early Warning System for Tipping Points in the Ocean
Ocean Tipping Points Project Launch
October 30, 2012
New Study to Examine Ecological Tipping Points in Hopes of Preventing Them.