We all recognize that individual habitats, populations, and even people are “connected”, in that what affects one may have profound and often unexpected implications in others. Dr. Drew Talley has been studying these connections in habitats ranging from salt marshes to desert islands. He will present examples of these connections, focusing on 30 years of research in Bahía de los Ángeles, Mexico, and show how this journey to understand these ecosystems has led to insights about critical connections not just between seemingly disparate habitats, but between different fields of science, between countries, and even between academic, public, and education sectors.

Drew Talley, PhD, teaches a variety of courses including Introduction to Physical Oceanography, Biological Oceanography, Graduate Statistics and Experimental Design, and Life in the Ocean at the University of San Diego. His overall research focuses on understanding connectivity across habitat boundaries, and assessing how that interdependence between systems changes with anthropogenic influence both locally (e.g., through habitat loss) and globally (e.g., through climate change). Throughout all of his research, Talley deeply integrates education and applied conservation biology into his fundamental science questions.
Talley has published numerous papers and book chapters, and has been the recipient of grants from CA Sea Grant, UC Mexus, and the National Science Foundation, among others.