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The Biggest, Tallest, and Oldest: California's Extreme Trees

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Uploaded on Mar 16, 2011

The Biggest, Tallest, and Oldest: California's Extreme Trees Thursdays, 10a.m.-noon April 7-May 12, 2011 with Donald McGraw and Adrienne McGraw. California is known for its extremes. Take a multidisciplinary journey through three extreme forests in the state. The giant sequoias of the Sierra Nevada are the largest living things on earth, while coastal redwoods of Northern California grow to be the tallest trees, and the Great Basin bristlecone pines found in the White Mountains live to be older than any other organisms on the planet. Explore the biology, geography, and human dimensions of these iconic California trees through in-class presentations and a culminating fieldtrip to the UC Botanical Garden.

Dr. Donald McGraw and Adrienne McGraw, father and daughter, share a love of natural and cultural history and, as a family, spent many summers living among California's extreme trees. Dr. McGraw has taught and written about a variety of topics in science for over 35 years. Ms. McGraw has a background in museums and informal education, particularly in history, natural history, and the environment.

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