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New ForestGEO Seminar Series

The ForestGEO seminar series is underway at the CTFS-ForestGEO headquarters at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. The first scientist to present under the new series was Yves Basset, the scientific coordinator for the CTFS-ForestGEO arthropod initiative. As the first guest speaker, Yves had an interesting and detailed talk on the diversity of bugs in rainforests, entitled "The CTFS Arthropod Initiative: monitoring rainforests arthropods". A few weeks later, the next presenter was Dr. Nathan McDowell, Staff Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratories who presented a talk about his research, entitled "Accelerating global forest mortality". Both talks drew many ears, and generated many converstaions and collaborations on their respective topics.

The next talk will be hosted by Dr. Jennifer Baltzer from Scotty Creek Forest Dynamics Plot in Canada. Her talk is entitled "Boreal forests on permafrost: responses to climate warming". She will speak June 24th at 10am at the National Museum of Natural History.

Are you traveling to Washington DC in the future and want to host a talk on forestry science? Email Delaney Rakosnik (ForestGEO Program Assistant) at with a talk topic and title. If you are in the Washington DC area and would like to know the ForestGEO Seminar Series schedule, also contact  

Learn more about CTFS-ForestGEO, visit