The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Seminar-Margaret Evans

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Climate, forests, and tree rings: forecasting the future behavior of complex systems
Speaker: Margaret Evans– Uarizona
Tree Ring Laboratory, Asst Professor
Date:  Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Time:  3:00-4:00 pm
Location:  ENR2, S107
ABSTRACT: Predicting the future behavior of ecological systems is critical in the Anthropocene, given the dependence of human well-being on ecosystem functioning and services. This is especially true with respect to forest ecosystems, which feed back on the climate system. I will present results from two projects focused on better predicting the future behavior of forests using tree-ring and forest inventory data.  The first study focuses on the use of space-for-time substitution (SFTS) to address the global change problem of extrapolation. The second study interrogates the practice of static, “climate envelope” species distribution modeling to project species’ future distributions.