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Barkalow Lecture 2017

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October 12, 2017 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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The College of Natural Resources invite you to join us at the  2017 Frederick and Joan Barkalow Distinguished Conservationist Lecture, where we are pleased to welcome Dr. Monica Turner, the Eugene P. Odum Professor of Ecology and a Vilas Research Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Turner will present, “Natural Disturbances and Forest Resilience: Lessons from Yellowstone” as her guest lecture. “Forests of Greater Yellowstone have historically been very resilient to high-severity natural disturbances, high-severity wildfires and episodic outbreaks of native bark beetles (Dendroctonae). However, the frequency, severity, and extent of natural disturbances are changing as climate warms. Long-term studies are already revealing evidence of change in forest ecosystem structure and function. In contrast to the robust forest recovery documented after the extensive 1988 fires, Yellowstone’s forests may be less resilient to future disturbances.