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How Forests Shape Climate and Climate Change is Shaping Forests
(90-minute webinar)

Forests play a critical role in influencing climate at local to global scales, and protecting and restoring forests is widely seen as an important tool for mitigating climate change. Understanding the ability of forests to serve as a natural climate solution requires knowledge of the underlying mechanisms by which forests influence climate. This webinar will explore these mechanisms, including how forests sequester and store carbon and the consequences of deforestation. We will also examine how increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations and related changes in climate are affecting how trees function, causing changes in tree growth and mortality in ways that both enhance and threaten the ability of forests to mitigate climate change. Finally, we will discuss links between biodiversity and carbon storage in forest ecosystems.

Nov 4, 2021 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Liza Comita
Professor of Tropical Forest Ecology @Yale University
Dr. Liza Comita is a Professor of Tropical Forest Ecology in the Yale School of the Environment, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. She is also co-director of the new Yale Center for Natural Carbon Capture and a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Dr. Comita earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology and Master's degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Plant Biology from the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the ecology and diversity of tropical tree species. Her current projects include studies on the role of pathogens in promoting tree species diversity, as well as on the role of drought events in shaping tropical forests. She was the recipient of the 2017 British Ecological Society Founders’ Prize and was selected as an Ecological Society of America Early Career Fellow in 2015. She also received the 2016 Yale Postdoctoral Mentoring Prize