Climate Change

Join Dr. Ken N. Paige, Professor in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior at the University of Illinois, on Monday, April 12 @ Noon CST via Zoom to learn about climate change and biodiversity.  

In this presentation, Dr. Ken Paige will discuss the causes of anthropogenic climate change and biological responses that have been widely documented across taxa and regions. Documented responses include population decay and local extirpation, geographic range shifts, altered phenologies, and biome regime shifts. He will also discuss whether species are maintaining a good match between phenotype and environment, i.e. whether observed trait changes are adaptive.

Dr. Paige will also touch upon the differences and consequent similarities between invasive and native species in light of climate change. Unlike the introduction of non-native species, which tends to be idiosyncratic and usually depends on human-mediated transport, climate-driven redistribution is ubiquitous, follows repeated patterns, and is poised to influence a greater proportion of Earth’s biota.

A little about Dr. Ken N. Paige. Dr. Paige holds BS and MS degrees in wildlife management/biology from Arkansas State University and a Ph.D. in ecology/evolutionary biology from Northern Arizona University. Following his Ph.D., he conducted postdoctoral work at the University of Utah in molecular genetics. He joined the Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1988. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior at the U of I where he served 12 years as the Head of the Department. He works in the fields of plant-animal interactions and conservation biology using a combination of field studies and molecular genetic approaches. Web page:

This program is brought to you by our University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist volunteers. Our East Central Illinois Master Naturalist mission is to develop an expanding corps of well-educated volunteers to provide service and support for partnering organizations in the conservation, restoration, management, and interpretation of natural resources and natural areas in East Central Illinois. Sessions will be recorded and available on our YouTube Channel. Find more at

This event is free and open to the public. If you need reasonable accommodations, please call Randy at 217-333-7672