March 2 – Lauren Buckley
Center for Urban Horticulture – 7:00 pm
“Historical sleuthing to forecast butterfly responses to climate change”
Lauren will provide an overview of research repeating historic lab and field experiments and examining museum specimens to investigate the ecological and evolutionary responses of montane Coliasbutterflies in Colorado to 50 years of climate change. Findings include that larval butterflies have evolved to feed at warmer temperatures, but the evolution of wing coloration has been slowed by climate variability. She will lead a broad discussion on the fate of butterflies in changing environments.