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Nature NL public talk – Luise Hermanutz

October 19, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7:30pm – 9pm with Luise Hermanutz of MUN Biology. Room SN 2025, Science Building, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s.

Taking actions to stop extinctions – Restoring a biodiversity hotspot on the island of Newfoundland

There are 24 documented extirpations/extinctions in Canada, and based on some recent reports, we can expect more. We need to take action to stop and reverse the loss of our wild species and habitats. But how? The Limestone Barrens on the Northern Peninsula are a biodiversity hotspot with over 100 rare plants found on a thin, fragmented strip of coast on the tip of the Northern Peninsula. However in the last 50 years much of the rare limestone barrens habitat has been lost or degraded due to human activities. The limestone barrens are home to 3 SARA listed species: Longs braya (Braya longii), Fernald’s braya (B. fernaldii) and Barrens willow (Salix jejuna). These plants are “true Newfoundlanders” as they are endemic and found nowhere else on earth! In order to reverse the trend and secure more habitat to stablise populations of the rare plants, we have started to restore a quarry at Sandy Cove, adjacent to the Sandy Cove Ecological Reserve. This talk will give an overview of the how we are restoring the barrens and some of its rare plants.

Luise Hermanutz is a conservation ecologist and field biologist who studies rare plants, impacts of moose on forest regeneration, and how climate change is affecting the tundra in northern Labrador in partnership with the Nunatsiavut government and Parks Canada. She is a professor in the Dept of Biology at Memorial University in St. John’s. Read more about her work here and here.


October 19, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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MUN Science Building, Room 2025
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