Minnesota Master Naturalist

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ADV - Biodiversity Research - Lunch With A Scientist

Biodiversity Research - Lunch With A Scientist website

2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE
East Bethel, MN 55005

Join life-long learners for a monthly lunch and learn series at Cedar Creek! Bring your own lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! Each month, scientists will present a general-audience lecture about their work at or related to Cedar Creek.

October's speaker will be Cedar Creek's associate director, Dr. Forest Isbell. Biodiversity is a cornerstone of Cedar Creek's world-renowned research program, with research dating back decades investigating the role of biodiversity in prairie and forest communities. The Isbell Biodiversity Lab investigates the causes and consequences of changes in biodiversity. They study how biodiversity and ecosystem functioning respond to global environmental changes, such as land use changes, nutrient enrichment, exotic species introductions, and climate extremes. Dr. Isbell will speak about some of this work, and if weather permits, we will head out to go on a tour of some of his experimental areas! Please wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather.

Contact Caitlin with questions, caitlin@umn.edu, 612-301-2602.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

Caitlin Potter

Dr. Potter is the education and community engagement coordinator at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. Her background is in wildlife ecology, and she holds a B.S. in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology as well as a masters and Ph.D in ecology and evolutionary biology. She studied wildlife and animal behavior all over the world (mostly monkeys in Ethiopia) before finding her true passion doing environmental education! Now, she runs school field trips and public events at CCESR, works with scientists to get their results into the hands of students, and organizes several citizen science projects.

Tillery Bailey

Sponsor Information

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

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