January 9, 2007

Our Rapidly Warming World:
Present and Future Changes
in Animals and Plants

An informal discussion with

 Professor Terry L. Root

Senior Fellow in the
Woods Institute for the Environment
Professor in the Biological Sciences
Department at Stanford University

Tuesday January 9, 2007
6 to 7:30 p.m.

What might be the possible ecological consequences to plants and animals as the globe continues to rapidly warm? Terry L. Root, a highly respected environmental research scientist is currently investigating this question. Changes have already been documented across all continents and for a variety of animals and plants. As these changes are detected with average globe temperature up by only 0.7°C, then as the globe continues to warm rapidly, we can expect many more far reaching impacts on animals, plants, their ecosystems, all of which will have strong impacts on humans. How much of an impact will depend on the magnitude of our emissions of greenhouse gases. Her research into these questions has earned Professor Root multiple prestigious scientific awards. In particular In 2006, along with her husband, Professor Stephen Schneider, she received the Banksia International Award in recognition of their work to help Australians understand the possible consequences of rapid global warming. Dr. Root's work is characterized by her application of basic research to complex real-world problems, her inclination to work with interdisciplinary teams, and her outreach to decision makers and the general public.