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Goodbye, Bambi and Smokey?

Walter P. Carson will present the annual Roger E. Wilson Lecture on “Time to Get Rid of Bambi and Smokey the Bear: New Challenges in Managing Forests in the 21st Century” at 7 p.m. today in 128 Pearson Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Carson, who is on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, is conducting research projects testing whether mammals and insects maintain tropical tree diversity in Panama and Costa Rica, whether insects create Minnesota grasslands by suppressing broad-leaved herbs in prairies and meadows, and whether herbivory, seed predation, fire or forest structure is preventing widespread oak regeneration in the eastern deciduous forest.

Carson will speak on “A field test of competition and keystone predation theory using old-field communities: can plant traits predict winners and losers” at 3 p.m. Friday in 218 Pearson Hall.

The Wilson Lecture in Ecology is named for a former ecologist in Miami's botany department and was established in his memory by family, friends and colleagues. The talk is sponsored by Wilson's family and the botany department.

Date Published: 11/03/2005
Volume: 25   Number: 14

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