CMU Fall Seminar Series Focuses on Global Climate Change
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- For the 12th year, Colorado Mesa University is hosting their Fall Seminar Series on the natural resources of the west.
Each Monday this semester, a guest speaker will present a seminar on global climate change and its impact on the Western Slope.
"We're looking at not only just global climate change and its impacts on our water system, birds, mammals, agriculture and plant hardiness zones, but also looking at how we manage dealing with global change," said Gigi Richard, Associate Professor of Geology at Colorado Mesa University.
Monday's guest speaker, Horticulturalist Dr. Curtis Swift, spoke about the effect climate change has on plant communities.
Swift explained to students that plants are shifting both northward and higher in elevation as the environment warms.
In Colorado, some invasive weeds that are more susceptible to spreading wildfires are growing in higher elevations.
Grand Valley farmers may have to adjust the way they tend their crops in the future due to warmer conditions as well.
"Farmers are going to have to water more frequently and going to have to be more aware of insects and disease in their crops," said Swift.
The Fall Seminar Series is open to the public for free.
For a complete list of upcoming presentations and to watch prior lectures online, visit http://home.coloradomesa.edu/~grichard/WSS/Seminar2013.htm