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Earth Optimism Panel: The Hidden Workings of Forests and Their Future
As carbon-storing and carbon-cycling juggernauts, forests are a major tipping point for whether our planet can keep climate change at bay. On April 20, join three Smithsonian forest scientists for a special pre-Earth Day panel. Discover how trees store and move carbon, from the level of microscopic cells to the sweeping canopies of America's woodlands. The panelists will share decades of knowledge from SERC forests in Maryland. They'll also reveal discoveries on how forests around the world are responding to climate change, through work with the Smithsonian’s Forest Global Earth Observatory. This live conversation will include plenty of time for audience Q&A.

The panel will be recorded! By signing up online, you'll be able to join live and you will automatically receive a link to the closed-captioned recording via email as soon as it's ready.

Apr 20, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sean McMahon
Principal Investigator, Quantitative Ecology Lab @Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Geoffrey "Jess" Parker
Principal Investigator, Forest Ecology Lab @Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Jess Shue
Head Technician, Forest and Quantitative Ecology Labs @Smithsonian Environmental Research Center