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March 3, 2022

Peter Adler to present Division of Biology Seminar

Submitted by Division of Biology

Peter Adler, professor at the Wildland Resources/Ecology Center at Utah State University, will present his research "Ecosystem Acclimation: A Critical but Overlooked Uncertainty in Projections of Climate Change Impacts" as part of the Division of Biology Seminar Series at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 7, via Zoom.

Ecosystems respond to climate change via processes spanning time scales from minutes to centuries. Adler refers to the net effect of these processes as "ecosystem acclimation." The slow components of ecosystem acclimation are likely to lag behind the pace of climate change, creating disequilibria with climate and threatening to erode ecosystem services. The rates of these processes and their impacts on ecosystem services, however, are poorly understood, creating tremendous uncertainty in decadal-scale projections of climate change impacts on ecosystem services. Adler will describe one approach to place quantitative bounds on this uncertainty and make the case that better integration of subdisciplines and research approaches could dramatically reduce it.

If you would like to visit with Adler, please contact Allison Louthan at amlouthan@k-state.edu