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Refreshing ‘Ologists: Effects of climate change on mountain ecosystems with Connie Millar

September 9th, 2018 by Joslyn, Mono Lake Intern
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Join us on Wednesday, September 12 at 4:00pm in the Mono Lake Committee gallery for this week’s Refreshments with Refreshing ‘Ologists presentation. Connie Millar, US Forest Service Senior Research Ecologist, will be here to discuss the effects of climate change on mountain ecosystems. If you can join us, register here for this free program!

A pika near Virginia Lakes. Connie will be discussing her research on pikas, which are particularly vulnerable to rising temperatures. Photo courtesy of Ken Hickman.

Connie will provide an overview of her research into the responses of mountain ecosystems—in particular, pines and pikas—to changing climates. With information on how species responded to past, natural climate changes, resource managers and conservationists can make informed choices about how to prepare Eastern Sierra species to navigate expected future changes. As a parallel theme, Connie will examine how personal bias (“spin”) can enter into scientific research, with destructive effects on the scientific enterprise.

Connie at high elevation in the Diamond Mountains. Photo courtesy of Connie Millar.

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