Educational Programs

The Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum provides monthly environmental education programs. Most programs are held at the University of Wisconsin Fond du Lac campus and run about an hour unless otherwise noted.

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Tracking Changing Seasonal Transitions with Phenology

Mark Schwartz
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Room UC-114 UW-FDL


Phenology is the study of recurring plant and animal life cycle stages, especially their timing and relationships with weather and climate.  Plant phenology can be measured in multiple ways on the ground, by satellite sensors, and other instruments.  This data provides tangible evidence of the impacts of climate change on the biosphere.  Citizen scientists can help record this crucial information though online resources provided by the USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN, www.usanpn.org). 

Mark D. Schwartz is a phenoclimatologist and distinguished professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  He is the current President of the International Society of Biometeorology, and co-founder of the USA National Phenology Network.  His research interests are focused on plant phenology‑lower atmosphere interactions during the onsets of spring and autumn in mid‑latitudes, detecting climatic change, and assessing vegetation condition with remote sensing imagery.  His scholarship includes over eighty peer-reviewed publications (mostly in journals), and a 2nd edition of the edited book Phenology:  An Integrative Environmental Science. 
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