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October 8- “Of Fire, Bison…and Voles” with Amy Sullivan, Miami University


Audubon Miami Valley meets the second Monday of September through May in the 2nd floor usually in the conference room of the Lebanon Citizens National Bank building at 30 West Park Place. These meetings are free and open to the public.

Amy Sullivan AudubonTallgrass prairie is one of North America’s most endangered ecosystems; only about 2% remains, mostly in small disconnected patches.  We will explore how fire and bison shaped intact tallgrass prairie ecosystems historically, and how the flora and fauna of modern remnants and restorations are shaped by mammalian herbivores of a very different sort: voles.

Amy Sullivan holds a PhD in biological sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she combined her fascination with grasses and small mammals in a practical way by studying how voles–herbivorous rodents–impact tallgrass prairie vegetation.  She has worked in grasslands spanning deserts, mountains, and prairies. Currently she is a Visiting Assistant Professor with Project Dragonfly at Miami University.




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