Climate Change on Tropical Mountains

We’re exploring the space where science and culture intersect, and we’re doing it over drinks. 

woman in treetopsGrab a brew and pull up a chair for Science on Tap with Sybil G. Gotsch!

Date and Time

Thursday, April 9, 2020
6:00 p.m. social hour with bar, snacks, and trivia
7:00 p.m. lecture


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EVENT Details

Sybil G. Gotsch  - Associate Professor of Biology, Franklin and Marshall College

In the news, we often hear about how climate change is affecting Arctic regions, but what do we know about the impact that climate change will have in the tropics?

In many tropical ecosystems, changes in precipitation patterns and seasonality are causing shifts in the structure of plant and animal communities which can in turn lead to species extinctions and a loss of ecosystem services. Rainforests at mid-elevations in tropical regions (i.e. tropical montane cloud forests) are particularly vulnerable since the area encompassed by cloud forests is small relative to lowland tropical forests and because these habitats are particularly vulnerable to changes in temperature, precipitation and humidity. Threats to the cloud forest are of concern since this ecosystem is a biodiversity hotspot and plays an important role in local and regional hydrology. Dr. Gotsch will give an overview of the impacts of climate change on different tropical ecosystems and will then discuss our current understanding of the impacts of climate change on wildlife and ecosystem services in the tropical montane cloud forest.