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ADV - Plant Chemistry in Extreme Drought: Lunch with a Scientist

Plant Chemistry in Extreme Drought: Lunch with a Scientist website

2660 Fawn Lake Dr NE
East Bethel, MN 55005

Join life-long learners virtually for a monthly lunch and learn series at Cedar Creek. Bring your lunch and hunger for knowledge, we will provide the brain food! Drought events have a range of immediate and potentially lasting effects on the productivity and composition of grasslands, however the specific drivers determining the magnitude of impact can vary widely across ecosystems. Using a new drought experiment started at Cedar Creek in the summer of 2021, Dr. Amy Churchill is examining the variation in drought response among a range of former agricultural fields abandoned between 7-95 years ago to examine the different biotic and environmental drivers operating within each separate field. One potentially interesting biotic driver relates to the interactions among plants comprising the communities among the different fields, and in this talk she will describe some trade-offs in nutrient use among different plant species using stable isotope chemistry.

THIS PROGRAM WILL BE ONLINE. To sign up for the online webinar go to: http://z.umn.edu/LWASonline.


Course Dates:

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

Instructor Information

Caitlin Potter

Dr. Barale Potter is the Associate Director at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, where she also manages education and community engagement programs. 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! Currently, she manages the daily operations of the Cedar Creek field station as well as leading K-12 field trip groups, public science projects, research tours and volunteer opportunities.

Savanna Henning

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Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

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