Fire History of the Central Appalachians and Implications of a Changing Climate to Our Forests' Health
At 6:30pm on Thursday, March 5, Dr. Deborah Landau, Conservation Ecologist with The Nature Conservancy, and Appalachian Laboratory fire ecologist Dr. Mark Cochrane will present "Fire history of the Central Appalachians and implications of a changing climate to our forests' health" as part of the Watershed Moments Community Learning Series. This presentation will be held at the Appalachian Laboratory and is open to the public. More details will be posted as they become available.
Dr. Deborah Landau has been the Maryland/DC Chapter Ecologist [with The Nature Conservancy] since 2001. She has a Ph.D in Entomology and Plant Biology (Louisiana State University), a Masters in Entomology and Plant Pathology (University of Tennessee), and a BS in International Environmental Studies (Rutgers University, Cook College). Her focus at The Nature Conservancy is ecological restoration through controlled burning, native tree planting, invasive species removal, hydrologic restoration, increasing forest resiliency, and monitoring how plants, animals, and natural communities respond to these conservation actions.
Dr. Mark Cochrane conducts interdisciplinary work combining ecology, remote sensing, and other fields of study to provide an Earth systems perspective of the dynamic processes involved in global change. He is an expert on wildfire, documenting the characteristics, behavior and severe effects of fire in tropical and temperate forests that are inherent to current systems of human land-use and management. Recently published work has emphasized the climate change, human dimensions of land-cover change and the potential for sustainable development. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from Pennsylvania State University and a S.B. in Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Cochrane currently holds the rank of Professor at the Appalachian Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.