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Dr. Irene Schloss is a biological oceanographer at the Argentinean Antarctic Institute, a researcher at CONICET (presently at the Centro Austral de Investigaciones Científicas, CADIC, in Ushuaia), Professor at the Universidad Nacional de Tierra del Fuego in Ushuaia, Argentina, and Associated Professor at ISMER, Rimouski, Canada. She developed an expertise in the dynamics of polar and sub-polar marine plankton, and the response of biological and physicochemical variables to global climate change. She is interested in coupling and modeling physical and biological processes centered on plankton.
July 2009 - present
Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski - Université du Québec à Rimouski
- Professor (Associate)
CoastCarb is an international Research Network that follows an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the consequences of Climate Change in the Beagle Channel and the coastal Western Antarctic, a region of recent rapid aerial warming. The CoastCarb Network for Staff Exchange and Training is funded by the Marie Curie Action RISE (Research and Innovation Staff Exchange) of the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union (H2020-MCSA-RISE 872690). Climate change and intensifying human resource use are causing massive changes to Subantarctic coastal systems and carbon cycling. At the same time, these systems house benthic communities of the highest biomass and biodiversity, which sustain important ecosystem services and require strategic observation and management plans. The multidisciplinary network CoastCarb joins experts in Subantarctic coastal system ecology and ecological modelling to create a knowledge information system with open access data portal and produce dynamic ecosystem models for fjordic and estuarine environments. CoastCarb has five specific objectives that will be pursued by five work-packages (WP): Obj 1 - Data and Information System (DIS): Compile a geo-referenced data information system for Souuth Patagonia (SP) and West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) coastal change, including abiotic environmental factors, disturbance levels, and mapping coastal biosphere (WP1). Obj 2 - Ecosystem Modelling: Develop a carbon flux model for SP/WAP coastal fjords and estuaries, considering different ecosystem processes such as carbon sequestration (production, coastal runoff fluxes, deposition and burial) and mobilization (bioturbation, remineralization, transport processes) (WP2). Obj 3 – Species Metrics & Multiple Stressors: Parameterise the response of coastal biosphere (key species, groups, key communities) to environmental change for different focal areas along SP and the WAP. Identify and fill present data gaps (WP3). Obj 4 - Ecosystem Change and Carbon Storage: Develop a coastal status classification scheme (dynamic mapping of carbon sink and source areas) (WP4). Obj 5 - Ecosystem Services, Food Security and Public Engagement: Contribute to the analysis of ecosystem service changes, sustainable management and public engagement (WP5). Obj 6 - Managment and Ethichs, plus Science Communication (WP6). www.coastcarb.eu
The main objective of the project is to model the trophic structure of the pelagic and benthic communities of the Namuncurá Marine Protected Area (Argentina), and to gain insight into its functioning and stability considering anthropogenic and climate change perturbations.
To study the spatial variations of Macrocystis pyrifera forests in Beagle Channel (Tierra del Fuego, Argentina) in relation to nutrient availability.