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Lecture - Re-search the Gardens: Meet our Scientists| All Ages
Phenology as an Indicator for Climate Variation and Change
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Phenology is the study of relationships between climate and the seasonal timing of biological phenomena (like bird migration and blooming dates). Phenology is one of the most sensitive and easily observed indicators of biotic response to climate variability. The degrees to which natural variability and greenhouse warming contribute to regional trends in seasonal timing are still largely undetermined. Phenology offers a unique opportunity to engage and empower the public and a broad range of stakeholders in formulating and facilitating adaptive responses to climate change. We will present the activities with which the Gardens is associated to study phenology and expand the role of citizen scientists in the collection of phenological data. Such activities include our involvement in the National Climate Assessment Indicator System, establishment of a Phenology Trail, and research using herbarium specimens to look at the shifts in phenology of plants in our region. In addition, we will present a hands-on demonstration of how to collect and report data here at the Gardens.
Speakers: Rebecca Hufft Kao, Ph.D. and Mary Goshorn, M.S