Monday, February 15, 2016

Carnegie Museum to host "Keweenaw Wetlands" Natural History Seminar Feb. 16

Wetlands such as this one are the subject of the Tuesday, Feb. 16, Natural History Seminar by Michigan Tech Prof. Rod Chimner at the Carnegie Museum. (Photo courtesy Carnegie Museum)

HOUGHTON -- The Carnegie Museum will host "Keweenaw Wetlands" by Rod Chimner, Michigan Tech associate professor at the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the ground floor community room. Refreshments and introductions are at 6:30 p.m.

Prof. Chimner has worked for over 20 years studying wetlands. He currently teaches a senior level wetlands class and graduate level courses in advanced wetlands and restoration ecology at Michigan Tech.

"Wetlands are unique ecosystems that provide many benefits, including protecting shorelines from wave erosion, filtering nutrients and sediments before they enter aquatic systems, storing enormous amounts of carbon, and providing habitats for a variety of species," Chimner says. "Despite the importance of wetlands, many wetlands have been destroyed or are in various states of degradation. I will present a brief overview of what a wetland is, adaptations for surviving in wetlands, types of wetlands in the region, and an overview of local wetland restoration."

This  February Natural History seminar is sponsored by Superior National Trust and Financial Services. All seminars are free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.

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