Climate change and forest resilience will be the focus of a talk at Sheridan College on Wednesday, November 9 at 7 p.m. in the Mars Ag Center, room 201. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources research scientist Jed Meunier will talk titled “Fire, Climate Change, and Forest Resilience in Sub-Boreal Forests. The lecture is part of the 2022 Lecture Series of the Museum of Discovery Science at Sheridan College. The event is free and open to the public. The lecture will highlight new research that sheds light on fire ecology in northern subboreal forests and will make general comparisons with western montane, boreal and other forests regarding global climate regulation.
Meunier will explain how, in large parts of the world, disturbance is the primary driver of ecosystem structure and function, which influences climate change. According to Meunier, forest types in the western United States and their associated fire regimes are predictable based on elevational gradients of temperature and precipitation. Thus, in these systems, the contributions of forests as catalysts for other climate change impacts are better understood. Meunier is an ecologist and researcher with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Forestry Division. His research interests range from individual species attributes to landscape ecology with a unifying theme of understanding how the forces of climate and disturbance drive ecological change and how society, in turn, manages resilient systems.