Free program, co-sponsored by Kaleideum and Reynolda Gardens. Refreshments provided. This month’s topic is Space, Time and Appalachian Grass Balds: Coping with a Riddle and a Conservation Controversy by Dr. Peter Weigl, Research Professor, Wake Forest University Department of Biology.
Synopsis: A number of the peaks of the Southern Appalachian Mountains support extensive grasslands rather than forests, and the presence of unique arrays of light-dependent organisms suggests a long history for these habitats. Recently we have proposed a novel and controversial hypothesis involving climate extremes and animal activity to explain the existence of these mountain balds and similar grasslands in other parts of the world.