The all-day schedule kicks off at 9 a.m. and includes such diverse topics as the potential of invasive green tree frogs to spread an emerging pathogen within the park to the collaborative effort behind the weather observing system in the park’s Elkmont area.
Hemlock declines, efforts to monitor stream salamander populations, a look at extreme precipitation events in the park and the movement of black bears in response to last year’s extreme fire season are just a few of the other topics to be covered.
A full schedule is online at www.dlia.org/2017-park-science-colloquium. The event is free, with no registration required. It’s a partnership of Discover Life in America and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.