Join us for a discussion about habitat loss and biodiversity led by LaReesa Wolfenbarger and Chris Helzer.
Habitat loss is the number one reason why species go extinct, and thus poses a major threat to biodiversity on our planet. When humans convert wild areas for agriculture, forestry, urban development, or water projects (including dams, hydropower, and irrigation), they reduce or eliminate its usefulness as a habitat for the other species that live there.
Dr. LaReesa Wolfenbarger and Dr. Chris Helzer are two of Nebraska's top experts on biodiversity and habitat loss, so you won't want to miss this event!
About LaReesa Wolfenbarger:
LaReesa teaches Biology at UNO. Her research interests focus on understanding what ecological factors influence how grassland species use habitat patches in the agricultural landscape of the Great Plains. Her research projects include understanding the responses of avian communities and reproduction to habitat variation and to management practices on restored grasslands, remnant prairies and marginal agricultural habitats.
About Chris Helzer:
Chris Helzer is the Director of Science for the Nebraska Program at The Nature Conservancy. His main role is to evaluate and capture lessons from the Conservancy’s land management and restoration work and share those lessons with other land managers. He also works to raise awareness about the value of prairies and prairie conservation through his photography, writing, and presentations. He spends a lot of time photographing prairies and their inhabitants. His photos can be frequently be seen in publications and on websites of The Nature Conservancy. He's also a frequent contributor of text and photos to NEBRASKAland magazine.
Chris is the author of a book entitled “The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States”, published by the University of Iowa Press. http://www.uiowapress.org/books/2010-spring/helzer.htm