Friday, October 5, 6:00 pm – Patterns of Exotic Species Colonization in a Forested Landscape

The New England Botanical Club will host Dr. Chad Jones, Assistant Professor of Botany and Environmental Studies, Connecticut College, for a meeting to be held Friday, October 5 in the Haller Lecture Hall (Room 102), at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, 24 Oxford Street in Cambridge.  The meeting is open to the public.  Dr. Jones will speak on Patterns of Exotic Species Colonization in a Forested Landscape. Chad Jones is interested in a wide range of topics in plant ecology. His research has involved two major themes: plant succession and invasive species.

Professor Jones has studied plant colonization following a broad array of disturbances ranging from volcanic eruptions and the retreat of glaciers to gopher mounds in mountain meadows. Among other topics, he has examined spatial patterns of dispersal, factors that limit plant colonization and effects of disturbances on plant diversity.

A second area of research involves investigating patterns of spread of invasive species. He uses statistical models and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to predict the potential distributions of invasive species at several scales.

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