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Phenology & Climate Change: Tracking When Spring Arrives

Jason Rieve
Tom Luljak and Mark Schwartz

While political debates over climate change regularly fill hours of time on TV talk shows, scientific evidence continues to show the change is real and accelerating.

One of the tools used to demonstrate how much our climate is changing is phenology, or the study of changes in plants and animals tied to shifts in the environment.

On this edition of UWM Today, we talk to one of the world’s experts on phenology – Mark Schwartz. Mark is a Distinguished Professor of Geography at UW-Milwaukee and has been deeply involved in a national system tracking exactly when spring arrives in communities across America.

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Tom Luljak hosted UWM Today on WUWM for more than two decades and is the inaugural host of Curious Campus.