Annual Meeting & Free Lecture “Warming Climate, Changing Forests” on May 10

by | May 2, 2017 | News | 0 comments

Join us for our Annual Meeting and a free public lecture on a Warming Climate, Changing Forest with Columbia Doctoral Candidate Angelica Patterson on May 10.

Observations of plant community shifts within our forests confirm the local extinction of northern-ranged trees and migration and establishment of southern-ranged trees. The species replacement that researchers have observed will most likely lead to a shift in the composition of forests, which could in turn, have a drastic impact on this region’s carbon storage capacity.

Angelica Patterson’s research examines tree physiological responses to changes in temperature, and more specifically, comparing the physiological responses of species to evaluate which are best able to tolerate the predicted warmer climates over the next 50 to 100 years.

This engaging lecture will cover:

  • What native trees (and potentially the birds that rely on them) we are losing to a shifting climate.
  • What new trees are moving northward.
  • How might a new balance of trees change our region’s carbon storage capacity and resiliency.

Angelica is a plant ecophysiologist and ecologist with an interest in understanding how natural communities shift and respond to climate change. She completed her B.S. degree in Natural Resources at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and her M.A. and M.Phil degrees at Columbia University. Angelica’s research provides a deeper look into the mechanisms behind climate induced plant migrations and forest community shifts. To read more, please visit:

Prior to Ms. Patterson’s lecture, please join us for our Annual Meeting and refreshments at 7pm (and bring a reusable mug to help us reduce our ecological footprint), and the Lecture begins at 7:30. Both the Annual Meeting and Lecture will be held in the Garden Room at the Katonah Village Library. No advance registration required.

Katonah Village Library


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