Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum,125 Arborway, Boston

Botany Blast: What is Biodiversity and Why Does It Matter?

Join Jake Grossman, Putnam Postdoctoral Fellow, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, for an exploration of the world of biodiversity research. 

Most of us have an intuitive sense of what counts as "biodiversity" and why it is important to live in a biodiverse world, but these questions have also powered decades of revelatory and complex ecological research. Join Putnam Postdoctoral Fellow Jake Grossman for an exploration of the world of biodiversity research. Our focus will be on how scientists define and quantify biodiversity and how biodiversity loss affects the way that ecosystems work. Jake will share highlights from his dissertation research, which entailed the use of experimentally planted "forests" to study the role of biodiversity in supporting tree growth, health, and nutrient use.

Free, but registration is requested at or 617-384-5277.

Contact Name: 

Adi Shafir

Research Areas: 

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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