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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Potential impacts of climate change on forests in the Great Lakes region

The Importance of Complexity in Forest Ecosystems

Instructor: Charles Goebel, Ph.D.

There is increasing evidence that our managed forests, especially those in fragmented landscapes, are less complex in terms of species composition and structure than their pre-Euro American or old-growth counterparts. Using different forest ecosystems from across eastern North America, Goebel will examine these patterns and discuss how these changes influence important forest ecosystem processes. He will also explore how these differences may affect how we view efforts to restore and manage forest ecosystems in Ohio. Goebel is an associate professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State University located at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster, Ohio. A forest and restoration ecologist, he has been on the faculty at Ohio State since 2001 and has served as the national chair of the Forest Ecology Working Group for the Society of American Foresters.

Class code: SLS150A

Cost: Free but registration is required. Call 440-946-4400

The Importance of Complexity in Forest Ecosystems Instructor: Charles Goebel, Ph.D. There is increasing evidence that our managed forests, especially those in fragmented landscapes, are less complex in terms of species composition and structure than their pre-Euro American or old-growth counterparts. Using different forest ecosystems from across eastern North America, Goebel will examine these patterns and discuss how these changes influence important forest ecosystem processes. He will also explore how these differences may affect how we view efforts to restore and manage forest ecosystems in Ohio. Goebel is an associate professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State University located at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster, Ohio. A forest and restoration ecologist, he has been on the faculty at Ohio State since 2001 and has served as the national chair of the Forest Ecology Working Group for the Society of American Foresters. Class code: SLS150A Cost: Free but registration is required. Call 440-946-4400

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