Rocks, Resilience, and Conservation

October 15, 2015

Ragged Mountain by Tom Morgan

Rocks, Resilience, and Conservation

Mark Anderson, PhD, Director of Conservation Science, The Nature Conservancy’s Eastern U.S. Region
Tuesday, November 17, 7:00–8:00pm
Location: Hunnewell Building
Will species move in response to climate change? Yes, but where will they go and will they like it when they get there? Ecologist Mark Anderson proposes that we step back from the individual species to examine the geology of places, looking at bedrock, sediment, and elevation, to correlate areas of species richness to future conservation strategies. His research suggests that these abiotic factors are better predictors of success than species-level climate change models. Come hear about his work in mapping the geophysical regions of New England with an eye towards conserving those that will support the greatest array of species into the future. The thinking is that the areas of most resilient will continue to support the greatest diversity of life, no matter the environmental challenges and changes. His assessment, done at an evolutionary timescale, provides critical data for scientists and conservationists considering how best to conserve landscapes and preserve biodiversity.
Fee Free members and students, $5 nonmember

Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

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