Steven Travers: Climate change research in Nature
Steven Travers, assistant professor of biological sciences, spoke with Robert Hahn of KVLY for a story on climate change that covers research on four continents.
As part of ongoing public outreach by the NDSU Office of Research to bring science to many audiences, Travers provided information about NDSU’s contribution as part of an international team of researchers. Study results, published in Nature, show that plants are flowering faster than scientists predicted in response to climate change. This could ultimately affect food chains and ecosystems.
As part of a research team that included NDSU current and former students Kelsey Dunnell, Elise Maxson and Mathew Cuskelly, Travers told Hahn that the global research team has shown that experiments underpredict how plants respond to climate change. Plant data from NDSU provided a goldmine of information for the climate change research. Much of the historical data was collected by O.A. Stevens from 1907 to 1961. Stevens, for whom Stevens Hall is named on the NDSU campus, was recognized as the world’s leading expert on North Dakota plants, fastidiously collecting prairie plants from across North Dakota during his 67-year career at NDSU. Travers told Hahn that Fargo and the state serve as an ideal laboratory to study the impact of climate change on plants that have adapted to long, cold winters.
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