December 14: How Ecosystems Work: from the Smallest to the Largest Scales

Science for the Public: Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations
December 14, 2020 Zoom recording by Belmont Media Center, Belmont MA

James O’Dwyer, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Plant Biology, University of Illinois (Urbana); O’Dwyer Lab
Hrdy Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study 2020-2021

Dr. O’Dwyer says that “ecological systems are the archetypal complex systems.” He describes how these systems, regardless of scale and despite their diversity, share underlying signatures and patterns. How the components of ecosystems interact and adapt to their environments is a matter of intense study today when so many species are under threat by environmental and climate changes.