Climate Change Lecture: Future Of New Mexico’s Pikas

Marie Westover, a fourth-year PhD student in Biology at UNM present her research on the impacts of climate on pika ecology and evolution at 7 p.m., Tuesday. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

What does the future hold for alpine animals? Marie Westover will present her research on the impacts of climate on pika ecology and evolution at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

This talk is part of a lecture series on climate change organized by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

Westover is a fourth-year PhD student in Biology at the University of New Mexico. She studies how alpine animals respond to climate change by using pikas as a model system. Her research has taken her to natural history museums across the country and to fieldwork sites in Alaska, Canada, and throughout New Mexico.

Pika on the rocks. Courtesy/PEEC

Originally from San Diego, she first found her love of pikas in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. She plans to spend the upcoming summer studying pikas in the mountains of Northern New Mexico.

PEEC’s Climate Change Lecture Series:

  • March 1: The Future of New Mexico’s Pikas with Marie Westover
  • March 15:  Insights from Climate Models with Dr. Philip Jones
  • March 29: Understanding the Impact of Drought, Wildfire, and Infestation with Dr. Richard Middleton

These lectures will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. They are free to attend, and no registration is required. For more information about this and other Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 505.662.0460.

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