Stone Memorial Lecture

March 31, 2019
Autumn at Walden Pond © Richard Primack

The Effects of Climate Change on the Plants & Animals of Thoreau's Concord

with Richard Primack, PhD


Join us on Sunday, March 31, from 4:00-6:00 pm, for this year's Jean and Henry Stone Memorial Lecture! The talk will be followed by a reception with the speaker. 

Henry David Thoreau was a climate change scientist! For the past 15 years, Professor Richard Primack (Boston University) and his team have been using Thoreau's records from the 1850s and other Massachusetts data sources to document the earlier flowering and leafing out times of plants and the more variable response of migratory birds. Most noteworthy, plants in Concord are also changing in abundance due to a warming climate.

This work has received extensive media coverage and is now being extended to the neglected autumn season. What would Thoreau tell us to do about global warming if he were alive today?

About the Speaker

Richard Primack is a Professor of Biology with a specialization in plant ecology, conservation biology, tropical rain forest ecology, and climate change biology. He is the author and editor of books about tropical rainforests and has written a popular book about his Concord research entitled Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau's Woods.


The Natick Center for the Arts (TCAN)
14 Summer Street, Natick, MA 01760


This program is free, but preregistration is required as it will fill fast.

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