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Grasslands, Global Change Subject of Talk at AMK Ranch

June 26, 2009 — The effects of global  changes on North America's grasslands is the subject of the summer seminar series lecture Thursday, July 2, at the University of Wyoming-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center. The center is located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

Jana Heisler-White, a UW Department of Renewable Resources post-doctoral research scientist, will speak at 6:30 p.m. at the AMK Ranch, north of Leeks Marina. A barbecue will be held at 5:30 p.m. with a $5 per person fee; reservations are not required. For more information, call the UW-NPS Center at (307) 543-2463.

She will discuss "Changing Times: North American Grasslands and Global Change in the 21st Century." Heisler-White says grasslands are complex and dynamic ecosystems that are vulnerable to global changes.

Her presentation will highlight the results of several ongoing experiments within North America's Great Plains, where scientists are evaluating the impacts of global changes, such as fire suppression, changes in rainfall patterns, elevated carbon levels and global warming on plant community structure and ecosystem function.

The UW-NPS Research Center provides a base for university faculty members and governmental scientists from throughout North America to conduct research in the diverse aquatic and terrestrial environments of Grand Teton National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Area.


Posted on Monday, June 29, 2009

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