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1 March — Paleoecology, Climate Change, and Conservation

Date: 1 March 2023
Time: 12:00pm ET
Location: Wean Hall 3701 and via Zoom
Speaker: Cathy Whitlock
Topic: Paleoecology, Climate Change, and Conservation

Paleoecology is a discipline that looks at the past to understand how ecosystems have responded to long-term variations in climate, natural disturbances, and human activity.  While history is fascinating in its own right, the discipline today faces a serious challenge: Is paleoecology still relevant for understanding a rapidly changing future?  Dr. Whitlock will draw on her research in Yellowstone and comparable ecosystems around the world to reconstruct changes in vegetation and fire regimes over millennia.   This long-term perspective helps define baseline conditions for conservation, including a better understanding of natural variability, and provides a platform for communicating the impacts of current climate change to the public and decision makers.


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