A Janet Meakin Poor Research Symposium
Monday, June 12, 2017
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$59 nonmember/$47.20 member
$29 with student ID; call (847) 835-6801 to register at this rate
Phenology is the study of the timing of natural events such as plant flowering and fruiting and animal migrations. This timing is critical for relationships between species; plants need to bloom when their pollinators are present, birds and insects need to hatch or migrate when food is available, and so on. As the climate changes some phenological events are also changing, which can disrupt these important relationships. This symposium will look at phenological change: how to assess it, and what it means for population dynamics of plants and their relationships with other species. Lunch is on your own. Please bring a sack lunch or visit the Garden View Café.
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The Timing of Ecological Interactions: From Existing Variation to the Consequences of Climate Change
This talk begins with an overview of phenology, including its significance in nature and what is happening to it under climate change. We will then explore these general topics more closely using a series of case studies focusing on plants and pollinators from Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.
Herbivory Through the Ages: Revealing Effects of Climate on Insect Herbivory with Herbarium Specimens
Hear about how herbarium specimens are used to determine how climate has affected plant phenology and insect herbivory over the last 115 years.
Alternative Interpretations of Phenological Responses to Climate Change
Shifts in the timing of life history events represent some of the most conspicuous biological indicators of the effects of climate change on natural populations. However, our interpretation of the extent that environmental change is affecting these traits is contingent upon the methods used to record and present phenological data. This talk demonstrates how the same set of data can be configured to yield alternative depictions of phenological responses to climate change.
Fungal Phenology: A Hidden Dimension of Global Change
Fungi are critical components of ecosystems worldwide but their responses to changing climate are less understood than that of plants and animals. This talk will give an overview of what we currently know about fungal responses to climate change, and will highlight the possible implications of these ongoing changes.
Brown Bag Lunch
The Role of Phenology in Community and Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change and Invasion
Accumulating evidence suggests that exotic plant species in many areas have phenology that is distinct from native species. For example, the native shrub-dominated communities of Southern California are becoming increasingly invaded by exotic annual grasses that germinate earlier in the growing season, and under a wider set of environmental conditions than their native counterparts. This lecture will summarize work showing the costs and benefits of early phenology for both native and invading species, as well as consequences of these invasions for community assembly, and ecosystem responses to environmental changes such as drought.
The Early Flower Attracts the Bee: Consequences and Mechanisms of Phenological Isolation in Plants
Flowering time can phenologically isolate plants, limiting mating opportunities between neighboring plants and reducing seed set. This talk will discuss how phenological isolation affects native plant populations. It will also examine how insect pollinator visitation rates and foraging behavior change over the course of a flowering season.
Implementing Project BudBurst: Citizen Science, Phenology, and Project BudBurst
Discussion and Q&A
The Janet Meakin Poor Research Symposium is partially endowed by the friends of Janet Meakin Poor, a Chicago-area conservationist and landscape designer dedicated to preserving natural habitats. This symposium is developed in a long-standing partnership between the Plant Science and Conservation department and the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
The symposium will be held in the Alsdorf Auditorium of the Regenstein Center at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois. Directions to the Garden can be found here.
The Regenstein School of the Chicago Botanic Garden recommends the Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel for accommodations.