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College of Sciences Distinguished Speaker Series
Patrick Bohlen, Ph.D.
Professor, Director-Landscape and Natural Resources and Arboretum
Jennifer Elliott, M.S.
Wednesday, Januray 23, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Tuscawilla Country Club
1500 Winter Springs Blvd.,
Winter Springs, FL 32708
Catching a Buzz & Playing with Fire: Advancing Urban Ecology at the UCF Arboretum
Abstract: Urbanization is one of the greatest human impacts on the environment, and the rapid expansion of urban populations globally will put increasing pressure on native species and ecosystems. One of the grand challenges in environmental science is developing the scientific knowledge and approaches needed to design and manage habitats that can sustain both biodiversity and human activities. Cities are ideal places to address these challenges because they bring together extreme alteration of the environment with the opportunity to sustain native species and habitats.
This presentation will focus on how the UCF Arboretum program educates people on the importance of nature in urban environments, provides opportunities for students to engage in nature study and gardening, and demonstrates techniques for supporting biodiversity and conservation goals through management of the UCF campus.