BU Biologist Speaks on Climate Change, Thoreau’s Concord, September 9

Richard Primack, a professor in the Biology Department at Boston University, will speak on “Effects of Climate Change on the Plants and Birds of Thoreau’s Concord,” 11:30 a.m., Friday, September 9, in the Dance Studio at Antioch University New England (AUNE).

The talk is part of the fall colloquium series presented by AUNE’s Department of Environmental Studies.

Building on observations of nineteenth century writer and philosopher Henry David Thoreau, Primack will describe how warming temperatures are affecting plant flowering times and bird arrival times in Concord and elsewhere in Massachusetts. Climate change is also implicated in the decline of native wildflowers and the increase in invasive plants.

Primack is the author of two leading textbooks in conservation biology and the editor-in-chief of the journal Biological Conservation. He is the author of a recent book on tropical rain forests and a past president of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation.