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Debra Willard - Holocene hydroclimate and wetland development in the mid-Atlantic United States: vegetation and fire regimes of Great Dismal Swamp

Debra Willard
Research Geologist
US Geological Survey-Reston
Geology Colloquium - GG Building 200A or via Zoom

Speaker: Debra Willard


Bio: Debra Willard is a Research Geologist at the US Geological Survey in Reston, VA. She received her B.S. at Penn State and conducted her graduate research on palynological and paleobotanical records from Pennsylvanian-age peat swamps at the University of Illinois. After a postdoc at the Smithsonian Institution, she joined the USGS as a Research Geologist in 1991. Her research uses palynological evidence to document vegetational response to a range of environmental and climatic stressors in Paleogene, Neogene, and Holocene sediments. She served as the Coordinator for the USGS Climate Research & Development Program from 2010–2021 before resuming a research role, focusing on the response of wetland systems to changing climate and land cover since the Last Glacial Maximum.


Host: Ervan Garrison

This is a hybrid event, if you are unable to join us in person please join via zoom. 
Meeting ID: 997 2477 2096
Note: A password is required to join this meeting. Please call the Geology office (706-542-2652) and speak with a representative to obtain the code. Alternatively, a code request can be made to UGA Geology.

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