Alpine Plants & Climate Change in Glacier National Park, New Zealand and Scotland

Thu, Sep 26, 4:00 pm
Location: 
Montana Tech Mining-Geology (MG) Building Room 204
Speaker Name: 
Martha Apple
Montana Tech of the University of Montana
Biological Sciences

Glaciers and snowfields are intrinsic to alpine landscapes, but they are retreating rapidly at Glacier National Park (GNP). Plants at glacier and snowfield edges are vulnerable to habitat changes wrought by the recession of these frozen bodies, which may leave plants exposed to frost in the winter and water stress in the summer—contributing to changes in species abundance, distribution, and diversity. This talk will present the results of field studies in GNP, along with results from similar studies at GLORIA (GLobal Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments) sites in New Zealand and Scotland .

Martha Apple is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Montana Tech. During 2012/13 she spent her sabbatical in Glacier National Park, New Zealand and Scotland, conducting these studies and collaborating with the research teams there. Her Ph.D. is in Biological Sciences from the University of Rhode Island, while she earned her MS and BS degrees in Botany and Geography from the University of Montana. This lecture is free and open to the public. Montana Tech Public Lecture Series

Contact: 
Annalee Werkmeister 406-496-4102

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