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TUGS – Academic Seminar #3: Nina Hewitt on her Field Excursion to Central Karakoram National Park in Pakistan, and her Research on Alpine Plant Populations
March 14, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Come out to the physical geography seminar !
This talk describes Nina’s recent field research to investigate the species composition and distribution of alpine (3500-4500m) vegetation three areas of the Central Karakoram Himalaya (35-36° N and 75-76° E), Thalle and Bauharel glacial valleys, and the Deosai Plateau. While existing information on the regional flora is limited, exactly 100 years ago the 1913-14 de Filippi expedition compiled a record of floristic composition for the Karakoram region, including the upper elevation limits of many of the plant species. Comparing those findings with current distributions will help to evaluate environmental effects such as potential upslope migration (if present) in response to climatic change, and human land use impacts, particularly transhumance grazing common above permanent human habitation. Nina will present some preliminary findings and a ‘travelogue’ of the field expedition. The study promises to provide critical baseline information on vegetation in one of the world?s most extreme, high alpine areas.
Research Collaborator: Dr. Sher Wali Khan, Karakoram International University
Expedition Leader: Dr. Ken Hewitt, Wilfrid Laurier University
There will be FREE snacks and beverages! Can’t wait to see you there!