Tucson Botanical Gardens Science Café
Vital Signs: Diagnosis for the Future of Tropical Rainforests
This series is inspired by the current exhibit by the Brazilian, landscape architect and avid conservationist, Robert Burle Marx. The quest to understand the complexity and diversity of tropical rainforests rages on, especially in the face of growing global threats. Researchers will present findings from studies ranging from high tech, remote sensing that measures plant diversity, impacts of deforestation in the Amazon and Biosphere 2 Rainforest trends in carbon and water cycling. We'll conclude the series with findings from a local study questioning if rainwater harvesting in landscape design may reduce reliance on groundwater.