Restoring Forests Discussed at Museum of the Rockies on October 16

How can we measure the impact of climate change fire on forest ecosystems?  Dr. C. Alina Cansler, research scientist in the School of Environmental Science at the University of Washington, will share research on wildfire impacts and mitigation prospects in the second presentation of the Fall Science Inquiry Series.

The talk will be presented at the Museum of the Rockies at 600 W Kagy Blvd in Bozeman, Montana on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the museum’s Hager Auditorium.

The series, sponsored by the Gallatin Valley Friends of the Sciences, explores cutting edge science topics, their latest developments, and their relevance to society through speaker presentations followed by conversations between speaker and audience.  The talks are free to the public.

In her presentation, entitled “Restoring Forests in a Time of Change,” Cansler will discuss how forest data is collected from satellites and airborne lasers, on-the-ground measurements and simulation models.  She will explain how this research can help scientists understand the effects of fires, predict post-fire tree survival and tree regeneration, and design silviculture treatments that can make forests more resilient against climate change and future fires.

Courtesy of C. Alina Cansler, University of Washington.

Dr. Cansler holds Ph.D. in Environmental and Forest Resources from the University of Washington.  Prior to her graduate studies she worked for the National Park Service Fire Effects program, leading crews monitoring the effects of prescribed fires.  She has also served as a post-doctoral researcher at the USFS Fire Science Laboratory in Missoula, MT from 2013-2019.

The presentation will be followed by an opportunity for audience members to engage in conversation with Dr. Cansler in the museum lobby with light refreshments served.

The speaker presentation and audience participation segments together will last a little over an hour.  All lectures have a limited capacity and are open on a first-come, first-served basis.  Doors open 30 minutes prior to each lecture, and attendees may not save seats.