Nature of Science: The Afterlife of Trees

June 21, 2024

Are you curious about how nature functions? Tag along with a scientist! Today’s guest is Dr. Jonathan Schilling, Director of the University of Minnesota’s Itasca Biological Station and a Professor in Plant & Microbial Biology. He will lead a walk from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 21 in Preacher’s Grove focused on fungi, fire and the “circle of life” for trees. Tree death and decay is part of what makes Itasca and its old growth special, and the fungi that dominate biological decomposition are part of a massive bio filtration system that cleans the water draining into Lake Itasca. This program is coordinated by the University of Minnesota’s Itasca Biological Station and Itasca State Park.