Global environmental change and plant-insect interactions in northern deciduous forests


Date: Tuesday, April 24
Time: 2:30 PM
Speaker: Richard Lindroth, Vilas Distinguished Achievement and Sorenson Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Location: 811 Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences, 1225 West Dayton Street

Climate, People, and Environment Program (CPEP) Seminar -
Insect communities play critically important roles in the functioning of forest ecosystems. The dynamics of tree-insect interactions –strongly influenced by plant chemistry – are now being disrupted by global change factors operating at a magnitude and scale unparalleled in human history. In this presentation I will summarize two decades of empirical research that has explored how several key environmental change factors (elevated CO2, ozone and temperature) influence tree-insect interactions at levels ranging from individuals to ecosystems. Though typically ignored in ecosystem modeling studies, insect communities under atmospheric conditions predicted for mid-21st Century may limit the capacity of deciduous forests to sequester carbon.

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