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UA Science Café: How the Jet Stream Influences Changing Seasonal Cues and Plant Growth

Presentation Title: “The Winds above, the Flowers below: How the Jet Stream Influences Changing Seasonal Cues and Plant Growth”

Presenter: Amy Hudson, Ph.D. Student, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
                  2017 Carson Scholar, Biosphere 2 Fellow

High-speed winds eight miles above our heads correspond with plant growth on the ground. Plants are beginning their growing season earlier, but at different rates across the United States. I explore how these rates of plant growth can be explained by changes in atmospheric circulations, and how they are connected with growth across the globe. I use tree-ring records, citizen science, satellite data, and computer models to hone in on historic and future interactions between regional climate and the global carbon cycle. Help us track changes in plant growth by becoming a citizen scientist and recording the big events of your own backyard plants!

Amy's talk is part of the Fall 2017 Borderlands Brewing Co. Science Café Series: Aquifers to Zika: Biotic and Abiotic Issues in Conservation. Environmental conservation encompasses a wide range of concerns, from preventing epidemics to establishing sustainable water sources, from animal conservation to predicting climate change. This series brings together four Carson Scholars exploring how genomics, entomology, photovoltaics, and citizen science can be used to address the wide breadth of environmental challenges that our world faces today.

The UA Science Café Series is brought to you by the University of Arizona College of Science. Science Cafés bring the community together with UA scientists and graduate students in a casual setting. You’ll learn about the latest research being conducted, get to know the faces behind the science, and have opportunities to ask questions and deepen your understanding. There are four separate café series at four different locations around Tucson, each with their own themes for fascinating science discussions. Come join the conversation!

     Borderlands Brewing Co.
     119 E. Toole Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 7:00pm

Borderlands Brewing Co., 119 E. Toole Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701