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Studying the Impacts of Climate Change in Joshua Tree National Park

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Friday, January 17, 2020
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Joshua Tree, CA

The popular Black Rock Symposium will continue on Friday, January 17, 2020, to feature a panel-based symposium on relevant topics affecting Joshua Tree National Park and Gateway Communities. The first event of this symposium series will be “Shifting Landscapes: Studying the Impacts of Climate Change in Joshua Tree National Park”. In the region surrounding Joshua Tree National Park (JTNP), which straddles the Colorado and Mojave deserts in southern California, previous research has predicted the widespread demise of its namesake iconic species, the Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia). These climate change predictions point to hotter, drier deserts, which may be a challenge for even drought-adapted species. “We have a range of scenarios,” said Lynn Sweet, a UC Riverside plant ecologist and the lead author on the study. “If there’s global action on climate change, we might preserve the habitat. And if not, we might see it disappear.” The panelists of this program will be Dr. Lynn Sweet, UC Riverside, Chris Clarke, National Parks Conservation Association and Neil Frakes, Vegetation Chief, Joshua Tree National Park. The moderator will be Dr. Daren Otten, President and Superintendent of Copper Mountain College. 

Sponsored by the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park and Copper Mountain College and funded by a grant from the California Grassroots Fund of the Rose Foundation, this symposium will be held at the Bell Center on the campus of Copper Mountain College on Friday, January 17, 7 pm – 8:30 pm. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Pre-registration is requested. For more information, contact the Desert Institute at (760) 367-5537,, or visit