Tree Talks Winter Event
Winter 2022 Seasonal Talk #2
Date: Sunday, January 16
Time: 12:00 – 2:30 p.m. MT
Location: Kenosha Pass, Colorado Trail Section #6 Trailhead, Forest Rd 849, Jefferson, CO 80456
Guest Speakers: Marilyn A. Martorano, Christine Biermann, and Brian Linkhart
Register for the event here: blackcube.art/winter-tree-talks
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Marilyn A. Martorano is a Registered Professional Archaeologist with over 40 years of experience in the Rocky Mountain region. She began studying historic culturally peeled ponderosa pine trees at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in 1977. Marilyn wrote her thesis on Culturally Modified Trees (CMTs) and has continued research on a variety of species including aspen and a newly-identified CMT type, bristlecone pine. Her archaeological research interests also include early Hispano settlement in southern Colorado; and lithophones, a previously-unidentified Colorado prehistoric rock artifact type exhibiting acoustical properties.
Christine Biermann, PhD, is the Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at University of Colorado Colorado Springs, where she leads the Tree Ring Lab. Since 2007, she has been studying the annual growth rings in trees to investigate issues of environmental change in forests. With UCCS students and colleagues, Christine is currently studying how drought and warming temperatures are affecting Colorado’s alpine treeline and foothills ecosystems.
Dr. Brian D. Linkhart is a Professor of Ornithology in the Department of Organismal Biology and Ecology at Colorado College, where he has taught field courses in Ornithology, Ecology, and Field Biology since 2001. Previously, he was a seasonal research biologist for the U.S. Forest Service for 18 years, and he began teaching summer field seminars on forest ecology in the mid-1980s. For the past 40 years, Brian has conducted research on the population ecology of Flammulated Owls, which are tiny raptors that nest in cavities excavated by woodpeckers, often in quaking aspen trees, within old pine forests of western North America.
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