Ecology and Physiology of Plants in Winter: Surviving the Big Chill

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January 6th - 7th, 2017




Gretchen Meyer


Phone: (262) 675-6844


The course: The plants of temperate and boreal regions have several anatomical and physiological adaptations that allow them to survive low temperatures. Minimum temperatures set the range limits for many species, and snow and ice loading can be important constraints on the morphology of northern trees. Some woody plants can photosynthesize in the winter, which is also an important time for seed dispersal. This workshop will explore all of the aspects of plant life in the winter, especially what is known about the special adaptations that allow northern plants to survive the freezing and drought associated with extreme cold. We also spend some time learning the basic characteristics used to identify woody plants in the winter. This class includes a balance of indoor and outdoor study, lecture and hands-on activity. Friday 9 am to 6 pm; Saturday 8 am to 3 pm
Instructor: Dr. James Reinartz, Director, UWM Field Station is a plant ecologist and evolutionary biologist.
Please visit our website for the class description and fee information, or contact us with questions. This workshop is available for one college credit or for 1.4 continuing education credits.

Event Location

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Field Station
3095 Blue Goose Road
Saukville, WI 53080