March Meeting

Our Changing New England Forests

Presented by Dr. Tim Parshall, Westfield State University

Wednesday March 21, 2017


Tollman Auditorium, Springfield Science Museum

Dr. Tim Parshall grew up in West Virginia, frequently investigating the forests just beyond his backyard. Today, he continues these investigations with students through his teaching at Westfield State University, where he is currently the chair of the Environmental Science Department. Dr. Parshall studies how forest ecosystems change over time and will present some results of ongoing research with students, addressing a wide range of questions. How long does it take for Oriental bittersweet to change a forest into a thicket? Are non-native shrubs leading to more ticks and Lyme disease? What changes can we expect to see as climate change continues?