Slugs, Seed Dispersers, & Stone Walls: Community Ecology of Northeastern Herbaceous Flora with Nathan Kiel – Naturalist Journeys Online Presentation Series
December 2 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Seed Dispersers, Stone Walls, & Slugs: Community Ecology of Herbaceous Flora of the Northeast
Presented by Nathan Kiel
December 2nd | 5- 6 PM (Eastern)
Free | Live via ZOOM:
Every spring, naturalists seek the friendly faces of Spring Beauty, Red Trillium, and Bloodroot as symbols of warming temperatures and lengthening days. These dense carpets of herbaceous plants in the forest floor comprise the majority of vascular plant biodiversity in the north woods. Yet past agricultural activity and other contemporary factors have left many modern forests without these plants, and with little opportunity for natural reestablishment. In this presentation, learn about the little-known ecosystem of dispersers, pollinators, seed thieves, and the other characters involved in the ecology of spring ephemerals. We’ll discuss factors affecting plant distribution on the landscape, and explore current research and restoration initiatives around eastern forests.
About the Presenter
Nathan Kiel is a graduate of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse, New York where he earned a B.S. in Conservation Biology with a minor in Native Peoples and the Environment. While at SUNY-ESF, he worked with Dr. Gregory McGee and Geoffrey Griffiths to elucidate factors explaining the distribution of understory herbaceous plant species in central New York’s forests. He is currently a 2nd year PhD student in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison working with Dr. Monica Turner to understand the impact of changing fire regimes on forests of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, with emphases on the herbaceous plant community and nitrogen cycling. Spring in the Northeast is the season he misses most.
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