Please join us for our Annual General Meeting with a guest talk by Dr. Chris Eckert of the Biology Department, Queen’s University.

This year, we’ll be meeting in-person on Wednesday, April 10th, at 7 pm, at the Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston. Everyone is welcome to attend the Annual General Meeting.

Conservation on the edge

Species diversity declines as you move north, leading to a conservation conundrum. About 30% of Canada’s 3,300 native plant species are rare here, although the vast majority of them are widely distributed to the south, in the United States. How can we predict the factors that are negatively affecting these at-risk peripheral populations? How might these populations fare in a rapidly changing environment? Should we allocate scarce conservation resources to species that are rare in Canada and widely distributed elsewhere?

Research on the biological properties of peripheral populations done by Dr. Eckert and his Queen’s University Biology students will inform his talk on “Conservation on the Edge.”

 About Dr. Eckert

Chris Eckert is a Professor of Plant Evolution and Population Ecology at Queen’s Biology. He and his students investigate how species adapt to diverse environmental challenges and why they often fail to adapt.