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Koma Kulshan Chapter: Webinar - The Evolution of Temperate Vegetation in North America, with Alex Lowe
North America has an exceptional record of fossil plants—particularly in the west—that provide a fascinating story of the evolution of plants and plant communities into the floras we know today. This talk will provide a broad overview of that story, highlighting the fossils that tell that story, and the stage it took place on, including with how continents, landscapes, and climates were also changing. We will start with the evolution of flowering plants during the time of the dinosaurs, move through several important climatic transitions during the Cenozoic (last 66 million years), and arrive at the modern.
Outside chapter guests are welcome.

Jun 17, 2020 07:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Alex Lowe
PhD Student @University of Washington and the Burke Museum
Alex Lowe is a PhD student studying paleobotany at the University of Washington and the Burke Museum under Dr. Caroline Strömberg (http://www.stromberglab.org/). For his dissertation, he is studying how vegetation in the Pacific Northwest changed across an important global warming event in Earth’s past called the Middle Miocene Climatic Optimum, around 17 million years ago.