The Prairies of Marion County
Associate Professor Emeritus
Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center
Goshen College, Indiana
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
The Sandusky Plains at one time covered about 300 square miles of Marion, Crawford, and Wyandot counties. Today, only scattered remnants survive. Dr. Larry Yoder, Associate Professor Emeritus of Biology at Goshen College, Indiana, will discuss some of these remnants, the prairies of Marion County.
Dr. Yoder will focus on the specific history of Marion County prairies and look at the impact of human activity on that ecosystem. That impact ranges from destruction of local habitat (agriculture and urban development) to altering bioregions with climate change.
Dr. Yoder was a biologist at OSU Marion from 1972 to 1981. During that time he led a prairie restoration project that used seeds and plants from Marion prairies to create a prairie on the grounds of the Marion campus. That prairie is the focal point of the Larry R. Yoder Prairie Nature Center at OSUM.
Extra: Dr. Yoder will lead a tour of the campus prairie, starting at 1 p.m. on October 7. The tour will conclude with a visit to the Claridon prairie. For details, contact
Dr. Brian McEnnis.
Here is an audio recording of this science cafe in mp3 format.