The ecosystems of southern Florida are adapted to periodic burning. This lecture will explore the role of fire in these systems and the adaptations that organisms possess in order to cope with such disturbance events. We will also look at how human activities over the last century have influenced ecological processes related to the local fire ecology and how modern fire management techniques are being used to protect the flora and fauna, but also human interests in the region.
- Saturday, February 10
- 2-4pm, FGCU Kapnick Center Buehler Auditorium at Naples Botanical Garden
- $15 Members / $20 Non-Members
Brian Bovard is Assistant Professor of Wetland Ecology in the Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences’ Environmental Studies Program at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). He received a B.A. in Biology from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. in Plant Physiological Ecology from Duke University. Before moving to Florida, he worked as a post-doctoral scientist at several institutions including The Ecosystem Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole (MA), The Ohio State University, the University of Michigan, and Indiana University. Prior to coming to FGCU, he was a Lecturer of Environmental Studies at Florida International University. His research has focused on the responses of forest ecosystems to predicted changes in atmospheric CO2 and climate, and the role forest ecosystems play in both carbon storage and hydrologic processes. Brian is also working on projects related to the use of native species in green roof design at Naples Botanical Garden.
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