EEB events: Thursday seminar: Understanding changing tropical ecosystems: long-term research at La Selva Biological Station: Dr. Elizabeth Losos, Organization for Tropical Studies
Dr. Elizabeth Losos, President and CEO, Organization for Tropical Studies
The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) – established almost 50 years ago – represents a consortium of almost 60 universities and colleges. The University of Michigan was one of the founding members of OTS, taking a leadership role in developing research and educational opportunities in the tropics in the 1950s and 1960s. In this seminar, Losos will also briefly discuss role played by OTS and the University of Michigan in the development of discipline of tropical biology. Dr. Losos will then present data from multi-decadal ecological studies of trees, lizards, frogs, and birds at OTS’ La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica. Findings from these long-term studies reveal dramatic and surprising directional changes are underway in this well-studied, old-growth Neotropical forest. The causes of such changes are still poorly understood, but it is clear that they are multiple and interacting, including land-use change, climate change, predator release, and pesticide use. She will then briefly compare findings from La Selva with those from three other Neotropical biological stations in Panama, Brazil and Peru.
OTS operates three biological stations in Costa Rica and offers courses in tropical biology, environmental science, global health, and environmental policy for undergraduates, graduates, and professionals in Costa Rica, South African, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela and Ecuador.
Host: Professor Deborah Goldberg
Coffee and cookies will be served at 4 p.m.
Location: 1210 Chemistry