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April: Understanding species range shifts through genetics, fossils, and models

On April 14th this year's theme of Science will continue with a talk by Yi-Hsin Erica Tsai, a postdoctoral researcher at Notre Dame.

Abstract:  As climates shift the habitable ranges for species often also shift.  In order to survive the habitat changing around them, species must move to newly habitable areas before old regions become inhospitable.  In my research, I look to the past and study how plants have coped with previous episodes of global warming as an allegory for the future.  For instance, what factors have limited the spread of parasites compared with their hosts?  What evidence do we have that chronicles the migration history of the trees in this area? Can we use DNA from fossils to understand past population changes? This talk will explore the analysis of genetic data, fossils, and models in understanding species range changes after the last ice age.

Venue Instructions:  Parking is available on the side of the building, on the street, in the lot across the alley, and in the lot across 31st street.  Please do not park directly behind the building, under the stairway to the upstairs apartments.

Potluck dinner at 6 pm. Program at 7 pm. Potluck instructions are based upon the first letter of the last name.  Please do not bring drinks for the potluck.  Drinks will be available as concessions, so bring a few extra dollars for some soda or coffee.

A-B) Side Dish, Bread or Chips
C-D) Dessert
E-J) Main Dish
K-R) Main Dish
S-Z) Side Dish or Salad

After hours: 9:00 - ?  We will walk across the street to a bar/restaurant, "Eden", to discuss the evening's program.



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  • Ron

    It was very interesting. Although over my head scientifically, I really enjoyed it.

    April 15, 2013

  • Jeanette M. N.

    That was a really good presentation! It was also fun to visit with everyone over at Eden afterward.

    April 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Andy got called in to work.

    April 14, 2013

  • Richard R.

    Planning to attend 4/28 morning meetup.

    April 14, 2013

  • Richard R.

    I noticed after signing up the 4-28 coffee which is more accessible. So I might skip the 4/14 event for the 4/28 event. Won't know until 4/14 afternoon.

    April 13, 2013

  • Melicious

    Maybe...I have yoga till 6:30.

    April 11, 2013

  • Roscoe F.

    Out of state...

    April 8, 2013

  • Paul D.

    Ill be there

    April 8, 2013

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