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Ohio State Webinar To Discuss Climate Change Impacts on Wildlife

12:00 pm, Thu May 22, 2014 –

Columbus, OH The Ohio State University Climate Change Outreach Team will present “Climate Change Impacts on Wildlife”? on Thursday, May 29, 2014. Dr. Ben Zuckerberg of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dr. Amy Iler of the University of Maryland will discuss the effects of climate change on migratory birds, impacts of shifting climate conditions on vulnerable species, and a case study focusing on Broad-tailed Hummingbirds.

The webinar and Q&A session will be held on May 29 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Attendance is free, but registration is required — visit to sign up.

Climate change in the Great Lakes region and beyond is expected to promote shifts in the ranges and phenology of well-known plant and animal species. These shifts are often a result of changes in the availability of food and shelter, as well as temperature. Knowing more about these potential impacts will help wildlife managers and nature enthusiasts alike to adapt to and potentially mitigate some of the resulting changes in wildlife diversity. 

Certificates of attendance for professional development contact hours can be requested after the webinar; instructions will be provided during the session.

Amy Iler is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Maryland and The Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. She earned her Ph.D. in Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology from The Ohio State University in 2010. Evidence of declining pollination services, a critical ecosystem service, motivated her to study how plant invasions affect the delivery of pollination services to native plants. Currently, she combines observational and experimental field studies with demographic modeling to study how climate change affects the timing of flowering, plant population dynamics, and hummingbird migration in the subalpine meadows of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. 

Dr. Benjamin Zuckerberg is an assistant professor in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Zuckerberg received his Ph.D. from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and later served as a research scientist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. His research focuses on how climate change and habitat loss impacts wildlife populations. He is a strong advocate for the role of volunteers and the public in data collection. Using the data from these “citizen science”? programs, his lab focuses on studying shifting species distributions and phenology in response to a changing climate.

The OSU Climate Change Outreach Team is a partnership among multiple departments within The Ohio State University, including OSU Extension, Ohio Sea Grant, the Department of Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics, and the School of Environment & Natural Resources, to help localize the climate change issue by bringing research and resources to Ohioans and Great Lakes residents. More information about the team’s work is available at


Jill Jentes Banicki, Ohio Sea Grant, 614-292-8975,

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