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FRIENDS OF THE CHICO STATE HERBARIUM
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, CHICO
Chico, CA 95929-0515
(530) 898-5356

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THE 18TH
FRIENDS OF THE HERBARIUM
ANNUAL MEETING
Saturday, November 3, 2012
click here for details (pdf)

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER:
Dr. Connie Millar
"From Mountain Tops to Canyon Bottoms:
Climate's Variable Effect on Sierran Ecosystems"
click here for a poster (pdf)

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If you have spent much time in mountains, you recognize that different environments have unique climate personalities: Meadows in early mornings can be cold, dank places to awake in a tent; the shady canopy of forest is welcome relief from direct heat of summer sunlight but high humidities favor swarms of mosquitoes; mountain tops are windy, windy places that also attract lightning. These direct experiences witness to the mosaic of climatic processes that operates from micro- (small) to meso- (mid) to macro scales across mountain landscapes.  Interesting in themselves, climate also affects mountain plants and animals in varying ways, many of which are little recognized. In this talk, Dr. Millar will summarize some of these climate processes as they influence Sierra Nevada environments, and illustrate how they define habitats for Sierran creatures. Most importantly, she will discuss the interactions of mico- and meso-scale mountain climate with global climate change, and offer some surprising suggestions for the potential fate of flora and fauna in our mountains.

Dr. Connie Millar is a Senior Research Scientist with the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, in Albany, California.  Dr. Millar is recognized for her leadership in developing climate-adaptation strategies and tools for management of western public lands.  Currently she serves as principal investigator of the WestWide Climate Initiative, a collaborative project with the goal to implement climate adaptation in USFS resource planning and management.  Dr. Millar directs the Consortium for Integrated Climate Research in Western Mountains and the North American Chapter of the Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments. She served as associate team leader for the Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project and is a Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment. Her research team addresses a wide range of issues related to mountain environments and climate, with focus on response of subalpine forests to historic and ongoing climate change in California and Great Basin ecosystems.  Dr. Millar received her Ph.D. in genetics from the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) in 1984, and holds a M.S. in forest genetics from UCB and a B.S. in forest science from the University of Washington.

 

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