Dr. James Wanket, Associate Professor of Geography at Sacramento State, will deliver the first presentation of the spring 2014 STEM Scholars Lecture Series. His talk is titled "Forest Migration in a Warming World: Lessons from the Past."
Because trees are the backbone of many ecosystems, understanding the way in which trees migrate is essential for understanding the fundamental variability of forest environments. Dr. Wanket studies our regional natural lakes and wet meadows that provide natural archives of fossil pollen from surrounding forests. Fossil evidence can then be used to establish the comings and goings of tree species over timescales that include major environmental changes and help to predict the consequences of ongoing anthropogenic climate change for existing forest ecosystems.
This lecture is presented in collaboration with the Sacramento State One World Initiative theme for the 2013-14 academic year "Global Perspectives on Migration."