Fossils fuel knowledge of future ecosystem needs

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608,
Contact: Dr. Michelle Lawing, 979-845-5033,

COLLEGE STATION – In today’s rapidly changing world, successful conservation programs will need to look at fossils to effectively foster adaptive capacity in both historical and novel ecosystems, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.

Dr. Michelle Lawing, assistant professor in the ecosystem science and management department at Texas A&M University in College Station, was one of 41 experts covering this topic in their research article, “Merging paleobiology with conservation biology to guide the future of terrestrial ecosystems,” in the Feb. 10 issue of the journal Science.

Read the full news article, featuring ESSM faculty member Dr. Michelle Lawing, on AgriLife Today:

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