Botany Blast: What is Biodiversity and Why Does It Matter?


Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Hunnewell Building
Most of us have an intuitive sense of what counts as "biodiversity" and why it is important to live in a biodiverse world, but these questions have also powered decades of revelatory and complex ecological research. Join Putnam Postdoctoral Fellow Jake Grossman for an exploration of the world of biodiversity research. Our focus will be on how scientists define and quantify biodiversity and how biodiversity loss affects the way that ecosystems work. Jake will share highlights from his dissertation research, which entailed the use of experimentally planted "forests" to study the role of biodiversity in supporting tree growth, health, and nutrient use.
Fee Free, but registration is requested

Register at or call 617-384-5277.