IAB Life Science Hour Seminar Series

Name:Martha Raynolds
Title:The mystery of the "Mammoth Hair": botanical studies complementing lake coring along a climate gradient on Baffin Island
Date:Friday, 24 January 2020
Location:Murie Life Science Bldg, Murie Auditorium
Host:Eugenie Euskirchen

I am working on a project on Baffin Island, sampling vegetation along a climate gradient from treeline to the retreating ice cap. The goal is to get a set of vegetation descriptions that match a range of climate conditions. This will be compared to the historical record of climate and vegetation retrieved from lake cores. It will give us a more complete picture of what the vegetation communities might have been like around these lakes in the past, and possibly what they might look like in the future. And that mysterious "mammoth hair"? Come and see photos of this stuff from the bottom of one of the lake cores, and see what you think about it.

About the Speaker:

Martha Raynolds is a plant ecologist, who samples and maps arctic vegetation. She got her undergraduate degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College and her Master's in Botany from Virginia Tech. She came to Alaska in 1982 with her boyfriend, Sam, and worked for consulting companies and the US Fish & Wildlife Service, meanwhile getting married and having children. She started working at UAF in 1999, and completed her PhD here in 2009. She has been working at UAF in Skip Walker's Alaska Geobotany Center since then.

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