EnviroThursday - "Helping Forests Adapt to a Changing Climate"

12:00 PM  - 1:00 PM
Thursday Sep 18, 2014
Olin-Rice Science Center 250

Speaker:  Leslie Brandt, Climate Change Specialist, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and the USDA Forest Services

Climate change has the potential to alter forest composition and productivity through direct changes in temperature and precipitation and through the effects of physical and biological disturbance. Forest managers face the immense challenge of integrating the inherent uncertainties of a changing climate into a wide variety of management decisions. To help address this challenge, we developed the Climate Change Response Framework: a collaborative approach among researchers, managers, and landowners to integrate climate change considerations into decision-making. This presentation will provide an overview of the Climate Change Response Framework and case studies of how we have applied the framework to help forests, and the people who manage them, adapt to a changing climate throughout the Midwest.

Leslie Brandt's work focuses on climate change adaptation and outreach for natural resource managers in the Midwest and Northeast. She has a PhD in Ecology from the University of Minnesota and a BA in Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College.

Refreshments provided.

Contact: Ann Esson,

This event is for: Students, Staff and Faculty

Sponsored By: Environmental Studies

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