CLEAN Teleconference Call December 6, 2016

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Trees and Tribulations: Setting up and running a tree phenology trail at the Cayuga Nature Center

Abstract: In 2013 the Cayuga Nature Center established a tree phenology trail, enabling visitors to observe and record seasonal changes in ten different tree species. Nature Center staff then submit these observations to the USA National Phenology Network. The phenology trail is intended to serve as an educational opportunity for visitors and a source of data for researchers. In this presentation I will discuss the choices made in setting up the trail, the challenges faced in this project, and the lessons we've learned.

Bio: Ingrid Zabel, Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, NY

Ingrid Zabel is the Climate Change Education Manager at the Paleontological Research Institution, and is interested in building public understanding of the science and societal impact of climate change. She has developed content for museum exhibits on glaciers, local impacts of climate change in New York State, and the carbon cycle. Ingrid has led climate change science activities with the public, summer campers, and school groups at the Cayuga Nature Center and the Museum of the Earth, and she is currently part of a team writing PRI's Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change. Ingrid has an A.B. in physics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in physics from the Ohio State University. Before being in informal science education she worked on radar studies of sea ice and the Greenland ice sheet while at the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State, and modeling and field work on surveillance radar at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory.

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