When: Thursday, October 11 at 6:30 pm
Where: Belleville Public Library
Full Title of talk is "Ecological Responses to Climate Change: Lessons from the Past"
How do species adapt to changing climates and how can we help them? Some of our best examples come from the end of the last ice age, when the world warmed by 5-10F. Here I'll review how we study past climates and ecosystems, what we've learned, and insights for today.
About our speaker:
John (Jack) Williams is Professor in Geography and a faculty affiliate with the Center for Climatic Research. Dr. Williams research focuses on the responses of plant species and communities to past and future climate change. Research themes include novel climates and ecosystems, the causes and consequences of the wave of species extinctions at the end of the last ice age, and the communities and climates of the last deglaciation as a model system for understanding 21st-century climate change. Awards include the Cooper Award from the Ecological Society of America, the Phil Certain Distinguished Faculty Award and a Romnes Fellowship from UW–Madison, a Bullard Fellowship from Harvard University, an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship from the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, and a Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship from Durham University. More information can be found at or via Twitter @IceAgeEcologist