Public lecture | Fire in Yellowstone and forests of the future Event as iCalendar

06 March 2019


Venue: Old Government House Lecture Theatre

Location: 24 Princes Street

Host: School of Environment

Cost: Free | Refreshments will follow the lecture in Old Government House

Dr Monica Turner, Hood Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Hood Fellow, Dr Monica Turner from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Speaker | Dr Monica Turner, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Hood Fellow

Fire is a natural part of Yellowstone National Park (USA), and the plants and animals are well adapted to large, severe forest fires that historically burned every 100 to 300 years.

But fire activity is increasing as climate warms, and what this means for the future of the world’s first national park is unclear.

Dr Turner and her colleagues are tackling this challenge by using long-term field studies, experiments and computer models. In contrast to the rapid and unaided forest recovery following the notorious 1988 Yellowstone Fires, the forests may be less resilient in a warmer world with more fire.

About our speaker

Dr Monica G. Turner is the Eugene P. Odum Professor of Ecology and a Vilas Research Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA).

She has studied fire, vegetation dynamics, nutrient cycling, bark beetle outbreaks, and climate change in Greater Yellowstone for nearly 30 years, including long-term research on the 1988 Yellowstone fires.

She has published ~ 250 scientific papers; authored or edited six books and is a past-president of the Ecological Society of America (ESA), a recipient of ESA’s Robert H. MacArthur Award, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

All welcome to attend this free public lecture | Refreshments will follow the lecture in Old Government House