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October CreekSpeak: Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation on Serpentine Soils
Join Putah Creek Council's final CreekSpeak talk of 2017 on October 19, 2017.
CreekSpeak is Putah Creek Council's six-month series of community talks about the nature, culture, and history of our region.
Serpentine is California's state rock, and an important factor in determining the flora and fauna of a region. At this presentation, Susan Harrison will discuss the unusual attributes of serpentine rocks and the soils derived from them. What challenges do these soils pose for plant life, and how do plants respond? These areas produce unique plant life, both in our region and elsewhere - leading to unique issues regarding the conservation of ecosystems found on serpentine.
Susan Harrison is a professor at UC Davis and a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences and the Ecological Society of America. Her research includes plant community diversity and the processes underlying it, with a focus on diversity changes linked to climate.
CreekSpeak talks are free to Putah Creek Council members and open to the public. A $5 donation is requested from those who have not yet joined the Council.
The talks alternate between Davis and Winters on the third Thursday of the month. Have a suggestion for a CreekSpeak presentation for 2018? Send it to us at karin (at) putahcreekcouncil.org.