Speaker: Stephen Keller, Assistant Professor, Appalachian Lab
During the height of the last glaciation 21,000 years ago, boreal forests of spruce and fir trees covered much of the southeast. As the climate warmed and glaciers retreated, the majority of these populations migrated northward into New England and Canada, but the high elevations of the Central Appalachians continued to host communities of boreal plants and animals that have become isolated from the rest of their range. In this presentation, we will learn about the evolutionary history of these relict communities, and hear about research being done at the Appalachian Lab on the levels of genetic diversity present in remnant red spruce stands in the Central Appalachians.
Program will begin immediately following a brief MNPS chapter business meeting.
Directions: From I-68 take exit 33 (Braddock Rd & Midlothian Rd exit). Follow Braddock Road approximately .2 miles to the entrance to the Appalachian Lab on the left side of the road (301 Braddock Road). There is plenty of parking in front of the building.