Community Presentation: Restoring Michigan's Prairies/the Role of Soil Microbes


Royal Oak Elks Club - Royal Oak, MI
2401 East 4th Street

Thu, Jun 6, 2019 at 10:45 PM - 12:04 AM

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SEMG Monthly Community Presentation - All Welcome! RSVP not needed! Emily Grman, Assistant Professor, College of Arts & Sciences, Biology Department, Eastern Michigan University will present: Restoring Michigan's Prairies: How important are soil microbes? "Most of Michigan's tall grass prairies have been wiped out--but there are widespread efforts to "restore" this precious ecosystem. How successful are those attempts? And what is the role of soil microbes in limiting or facilitating that success? We'll talk about recent and ongoing research in my lab that investigates whether the effects of soil microbes on prairie plant growth differ between soils from remnant (untilled) prairies and restored (post-agricultural) prairies, and whether these differences could explain variation in restoration outcomes such as plant diversity and establishment of rare prairie legumes." Dr. Emily Grman obtained a BS in Biology from Beloit College in Beloit, WI. She then earned a PhD from Michigan State University studying relationships between grasses and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. That background, combined with her postdoctoral research (also at MSU) in prairie restoration, has led to her current focus on understanding the recovery of plant and soil communities in restored Michigan prairies. Meeting/Presentation Location: Royal Oak Elks Lodge, 2401 E 4th St, Royal Oak, MI ‎48067; enter from 4th Street or Stephenson Hwy (I-75 service drive). Enter the building from the back (map) Meeting/Presentation schedule: 6:30-7:00pm Light Refreshments, Meet & Greet 7:00-7:15pm Group Announcements 7:15-8:15pm Speaker 8:15-8:45pm Volunteer Sign Up RSVP not needed.