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Fog enshrouds mountains and coasts and can envelop flora and fauna in harmful pollutants or life-giving nutrients, depending on its proximity to human activity. World-renowned expert Dr. Kathleen Weathers of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies has been studying how fog interacts with air, land, and water, and investigating fog’s inscrutable properties for more than 25 years. Recently, Dr. Weathers and her colleagues have studied the biology of fog—the micro-organisms traveling within these tiny droplets. Join us and Dr.Weathers for a foggy tour around the globe and an exploration of mist connections.
Dr. Weathers is a senior scientist at the Carey Institute in Millbrook, NY. A graduate of Yale College and Rutgers University, she is the author of numerous articles and books and her research focuses on quantifying how biology affects geochemistry and biogeochemical cycling across landscapes, and within and among air, land and water. Specific areas of expertise include cross-boundary nutrient fluxes (e.g., nutrient and pollutant delivery and biogeochemistry from ocean to forest); how landscape and plant structure affect fog input and how fog affects the maintenance of ecosystems; and the importance of tree species, and their pests and pathogens, in controlling landscape biogeochemistry.
*The Bedford Audubon chapter covers an area of Eastern Putnam County (Patterson, Carmel, Brewster and Mahopac), and the northeastern section of Westchester County (Yorktown and Somers in the west, North Castle, Bedford, North Salem, Lewisboro and Pound Ridge in the east).