Aly Baumgartner: WISE's next Gradaute Student Seminar Speaker

DateOctober 2, 2018Time4:00 - 6:00 pm
LocationBaylor Sciences Building, Room A.108
DescriptionAly Baumgartner has been nominated for the WISE Graduate Student speaker series. She is the second PhD Candidate from the Department of Geosciences to earn this honor. We would like to encourage everyone, including faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students in the department to attend and support Aly. Come support the amazing women graduate students at Baylor.

"I speak for the trees: what plants tell us about climate".

Summary: I study the relationship between leaves and climate. The size and shape of leaves is closely tied to temperature and precipitation. We can use this relationship to estimate the ancient climate or "paleoclimate". However, we can't predict the past unless we also understand the present. Current fossil leaf based paleoclimate models are based primarily on temperate Northern Hemisphere floras and include no data from Africa. Here I will discuss how I study modern African leaves and climate in order to improve our paleoclimate models and to estimate the paleoclimate from fossil leaves of Rusinga Island, Kenya.
PublisherDepartment of Geosciences
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