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Science in Our Valley: Mega Fires w Dr. Paul Hessburg
February 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
In past work, we were consistently surprised by the amount of non-forest (grasslands-shrublands-sparse woodlands-bare ground) we encountered in 100s of reconstructions of early 20th century forest landscapes. Now, we take a closer look at the provincial abundance and distribution of non-forest and its potential relevance to wildfire and climate resilience.
Dr. Paul Hessburg is a Research Landscape Ecologist. For 35 years he has studied the resilience characteristics of historical forest landscapes, management and climate change influences on their disturbance regimes, fuel and forest succession influences on wildfire behavior, and methods for landscape restoration.
The Science in Our Valley seminar series began in October 2017 as a way for local scientists and science educators to bring their research to the community and as a way to engage and connect with one another. The series features presentations by local scientists and science educators as well as guests from outside the region.
Host organizations include the Apple STEM Network, the North Central Educational Service District, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Research Station, WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center, and Wenatchee Valley College. The series also is a key step in The Bridge Research and Innovation District strategic plan.
K-12 Educators are also encouraged to attend the seminars to learn about local career connections and research efforts that they can bring back to their students. Clock hours are available through the North Central Educational Service Districts for the series.
All events are open to the public, and run from 4 to 5 p.m. and will be held at either the WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center or at Wenatchee Valley College. The content is intended for a ‘science-based’ audience, including researchers, postdoctoral scientists, graduate students, undergraduate scientists, K-12 educators and science enthusiasts.
Here is the rest of the spring lineup:
- March 6: WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center Graduate Student Talks, “Tree Fruit Research,” 4 to 5 p.m., WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center
- March 20: Dr. Frank Dunnivant of Whitman College, “Environmental Success Stories,” 4 to 5 p.m., Wenatchee Valley College
- April 10: Dr. Lee Kalcsits of WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center, “Plant Physiology,” 4 to 5 p.m., Wenatchee Valley College
- April 17: Dr. Tracy Somera and Dr. Christopher Van Horn of the USDA Agricultural Research Station, “Plant Physiology,” 4 to 5 p.m., WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center
- April 24: Dr. Laura Lavine of WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center, “Entomology and Genetics,” 4 to 5 p.m., WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center
For more info contact:
Dr. Sue Kane
co-director of the Apple STEM Network