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Paper from the Center for Ecosystem Sentinels selected as 2023 Cozzarelli Prize Recipient

Thursday, May 2, 2024 - 11:15

A study from the UW was named a finalist for the 2023 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Cozzarelli Prize, which “acknowledges papers that reflect scientific excellence and originality.”

The paper, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was written by lead author T.J. Clark-Wolf, assistant professor at Utah State and former UW postdoctoral researcher in the Abrahms Lab; senior author Briana Abrahms, assistant professor of biology; P. Dee Boersma, professor of biology; and Ginger Rebstock, research scientists/engineer of biology, using long-term data collected by the Center for Ecosystem Sentinels.

The paper focuses on how climate change will reshape ecosystems worldwide through short-term, extreme events and long-term changes. Ecologists call the short-term events “pulses” and the long-term changes “presses.” The study shows how different presses and pulses impacted Magellanic penguins — a migratory marine predator — over nearly four decades at their historically largest breeding site in Punta Tombo, Argentina.

“For conservation to be most effective, we need to know where, when and how to apply our limited resources,” Abrahms told UW News last year. “Information generated by this study tells us which climate effects we need to worry about and which ones we don’t — and therefore can help us focus on measures that we know will have a positive impact.”

Congratulations, all!

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