What Trees Can Tell Us About Climate Change

Christy Rollinson is a forest ecologist at the Morton Arboretum.
Christy Rollinson is a forest ecologist at the Morton Arboretum. Jenny Friedland / WBEZ
Christy Rollinson is a forest ecologist at the Morton Arboretum.
Christy Rollinson is a forest ecologist at the Morton Arboretum. Jenny Friedland / WBEZ

What Trees Can Tell Us About Climate Change

Trees tell stories about our environment — and especially about climate change. Differences in timing from year to year of blooms and fall color, for example, provide insight into how future climate change will affect trees. Morton Arboretum forest ecologist Christy Rollinson and Matthew Lobdell, curator of living collections at the arboretum, share how trees are responding to climate change and what needs to happen to ensure not only how trees can survive, but also how we can help them thrive.

This week, we’re broadcasting from the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, sharing the beauty and science of the world around us with our listeners.