Prairie wetlands


Jacob Buchanan

Jacob Buchanan will share research from his dissertation.

Prairie Pothole community dynamics

Jacob Buchanan, M’Della Moon endowed chair in botany and environmental science, will present the Colloquium, “The influence of environmental and biotic filters on prairie pothole community dynamics” at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13 in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall.

During the presentation, Buchanan will discuss a subset of his dissertation. 

The prairie pothole region is a massive wetland complex in north-central North America. This region is characterized by gentle rolling hills dotted with millions of small wetlands called prairie potholes.

These wetlands support aquatic insects and crustaceans adapted to a harsh climate and seasonal availability of surface water. Buchanan will discuss the relative influence of temperature, disturbance, organismal movements and predation on the behavior of these communities.

This event is free and open to the public.