Who Said Trees Couldn’t Walk? Exploring the Movement of the Northern Treeline in Response to Climate Change
Monday, February 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Who Said Trees Couldn’t Walk?
Exploring the Movement of the Northern Treeline in Response to Climate Change
Date: February 26, 2018, 7:30 pm
The Presentation: We’ve all heard of the dramatic effects climate change is having on ecosystems around the planet, including drastic alterations in species compositions. Understanding how the trees will adapt to changing temperatures is extremely important as this response will have extensive ecosystem impacts. Starting in 2013, the international Global Tree Range Expansion Experiment (G-TREE) seeks to increase our understanding of the mechanisms controlling the circumpolar treeline migration. G-TREE is a high impact, widespread ecological experiment that includes representatives from 10 countries and 28 field sites. The project aims to describe large-scale patterns that are limiting this tree-line expansion. Come out to the February monthly meeting to hear one of the scientists behind this influential experiment!
The Presenter: Dr. Andrew Trant is a professor in the School of Environment, Resources, and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. Andrew’s research focuses on exploring eco-cultural legacies that have arisen in this human dominated era. Recently, he has been focused on exploring the drivers of change behind shifts in species distributions and biodiversity associated with climate change. Andrew’s research has taken him to the subarctic of Labrador, the Great Bear Rainforest, and the Coast Mountains of BC. Come out and hear about Andrew’s fascinating research, including his work with the international G-TREE experiment! For more information, check out his Eco-Cultural Legacy Lab’s website: http://andrewtrant.com/research/.