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Pettingill Endowed Lecture: Earthworms in the Northern Forest

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
4:00 AM
Gates Lecture Hall, University of Michigan Biological Station, 9133 Biological Rd., Pellston, MI 49769

European earthworms have colonized extensive areas of the northern forest that were originally devoid of these large, soil-mixing ecosystem engineers. As originally described by Charles Darwin, earthworms can profoundly affect soils and the biological community. 

What are the possible implications of exotic earthworm invasions for the health, biodiversity and greenhouse gas emissions of northern forests? How will the earthworm invasions proceed into the future? This lecture will provide a synthesis of what is known about these and other questions pertaining to the ongoing process of earthworm invasions.

Timothy Fahey is a Professor in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University. A forest ecologist, he is active in field teaching and research with both graduates and undergraduates.  At Cornell he has been recognized as Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, and has received the Chancellor's Award for Teaching.

This lecture is free and open to the public.