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Effects of plants on global warming to be discussed Nov. 10

RELEASED: Oct. 27, 2011

Tali Lee
Dr. Tali Lee

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Tali Lee, associate professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will discuss how the response of plants to carbon dioxide may impact global warming at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 in the commons area of the Towers North residence hall.

Lee will present "Can Plants Help Us Reduce Global Warming?" as part of Trash Talks, a lecture series hosted by Housing and Residence Life's office of sustainability. Lee will discuss research on plant physiological responses to the growing atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations associated with global climate change.

Lee will discuss how plants are often seen as a promising solution to rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels associated with global warming since they take up carbon dioxide in photosynthesis and use the carbon to support growth.

"It is logical to think that plants should simply take up more carbon dioxide and grow bigger while helping to slow down future increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide and associated climate change," Lee said. "But long-term studies of plant responses to global change elements are demonstrating that this response may be overestimated."

Lee will share the findings of a long-term study being conducted in east central Minnesota which focuses on plants responses to environmental change and how those responses are affecting species interactions, restoration efforts and our ability to predict plant response to global change.

Lee received a doctorate in plant biological sciences from the University of Minnesota in 2001. Following postdoctoral work in tree physiology, she joined the UW-Eau Claire biology faculty in 2002. Lee teaches courses in plant physiology, organismal form and function, and plants and society.

Trash Talks are free and open to students, faculty, staff and the community. Housing and Residence Life will host Trash Talks on various environmental sustainability issues from 7-8 p.m. the second Thursday of every month through April 2012 in the commons area of the Towers North residence hall. For a list of talks, visit Housing and Residence Life's sustainability website.

For more information about this event or sustainability initiatives in Housing in Residence Life at UW-Eau Claire, contact Kate Hartsel, housing sustainability coordinator, at 715-836-2505 or HousingSustainCoordinator@uwec.edu.

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