Kayri Havens, Chicago Botanic Garden
Plant Responses to Climate Change: Phenology, Adaptation, Migration and What You Can Do
Faced with a changing climate, plants may respond individually, such as by altering timing of flowering. Over time, plants may either adapt to the new climatic conditions, migrate to regions where climatic conditions are more suitable, or go extinct locally or globally. Phenological shifts are well documented in many plant species, with most of the species studied exhibiting earlier leaf break and flowering in response to warming temperatures. During past changes in climate, many plant species were able to respond by adaptation or migration but this is more difficult today because of the speed of climate change and land use changes.
Kayri will discuss the Garden’s research on understanding how plant species ranges may change and if assisted migration may be appropriate for some plant species. Kayri will also discuss citizen science projects that anyone can participate in that may improve our knowledge about plant responses to climate change.
Kayri Havens holds a B.S. and an M.A. in Botany from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in Biology from Indiana University. She spent three years as the Conservation Biologist at Missouri Botanical Garden before joining the Chicago Botanic Garden in April 1997. She is currently the Garden’s Senior Director of Ecology and Conservation and Senior Scientist. Her research interests include the effects of climate change on plant species, restoration genetics, the biology of plant rarity and invasiveness. She is on the adjunct faculty of Loyola University, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois-Chicago. She chairs the Non-federal Cooperators Committee of the Plant Conservation Alliance and collaborates with a variety of academic institutions, agencies and stewardship organizations to help improve conservation efforts for plants.
DATE: Thursday, May 11, 2017
TIME: 7:00-8:30 am
LOCATION: Max & Benny’s (Brookside Shopping Center), 461 Waukegan Road, Northbrook
COST: Please prepay now
Wharton Alums and their guests: pre-paid $20.00/walk-in $30.00
Reservation deadline: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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