As Adirondack summers get longer and winters become milder, scientists are continuously studying the effects these new conditions will have on natural systems. One of the many concerning effects is how our changing climate will make the Adirondacks more hospitable to invasive species. Join the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program from 10:00-11:30am on Sept. 20 for a free webinar, “Invasive Species in a Changing Climate,” to learn about what makes a species invasive, how some invasive species could benefit from a milder Adirondack climate, how climate change could make managing invasive species more difficult, and which invasive species stand to benefit the most from climate change.
The lead speaker for this discussion is Dr. Eva Colberg, a Postdoctoral Associate with Cornell’s New York Invasive Species Research Institute (NYISRI) and the Northeast Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) Management Network. Dr. Colberg is working with natural resource managers to develop guidelines for climate-smart invasive species management in the Northeast. Her background is in restoration and plant ecology in a wide variety of forest ecosystems.
Other speakers include APIPP Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Coordinator Becca Bernacki and APIPP Communications Coordinator Shaun Kittle.