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Climate Change, Conservation, and the Role of Native Plant Horticulture

Climate Change, Conservation, and the Role of Native Plant Horticulture

A free lecture by Jesse Bellemare on Mar 4 at 7:00pm, presented by Grow Native Massachusetts at the Cambridge Public Library.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Grow Native Massachusetts is proud to present our 2020 Evenings with Experts lecture series! These talks are free and open to all.

Join us for this talk with Jesse Bellemare, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Smith College.

As our world warms, the distributions of many native plant species are shifting with the climate. But not all species will keep pace with modern climate change, and some could face extinction. This poses a dilemma— what role should we take in helping native plant populations migrate? How do we balance our instinct for preservation with the risk of a relocated plant species disrupting the ecology of its new region? Jesse Bellemare will explore these questions in the context of the constant evolution of plant ranges over time, and the current insights we can gain from native plant horticulture.

Jesse Bellemare’s research focuses on the ecology and biogeography of forest plants in the eastern United States. He has authored numerous scientific articles about the impacts of climate change, invasive insects, and land-use history on plant populations. He is currently the president of the New England Botanical Club.

Thank you to our community partners— the Cambridge Public Library, Mount Auburn Cemetery and the Boston Society of Landscape Architects— for their support of this series.

Continuing education credits will be available.

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