The Long and Short of the Trinity River in North Texas

February Presentation at NTMN Chapter Meeting

At the February 3, 2016, NTMN chapter meeting SMU’s esteemed professors Louis Jacobs and Bonnie Jacobs will present “The Long and Short of the Trinity River in North Texas”. Tom Green is a graduate student of Dr. Bonnie Jacobs and he will present his research on vegetation change over the past 10,000 years in North Central Texas along the Trinity River.

The Long and Short of the Trinity River in North Texas

The Trinity River in North Texas provides citizens and wildlife with essential resources, including potable water, water for industry, and varied habitats for animals supported by wetlands, riparian forests and floodplain prairies. We know that the river has changed with use by people, particularly since European settlement and the rapid growth of the Dallas – Fort Worth region. But, what of the longer history of the watershed, and how can an understanding of it inform us about what to expect in the future? Louis Jacobs will address the geologic history of the Trinity River to provide a long-term (deep time) view of North Texas, and then Bonnie Jacobs will discuss ongoing projects aimed at understanding the current status of the Trinity River riparian ecosystems, and their history dating back some 10,000 years. The goal of these projects is to evaluate the possible impacts of 21st century climate change, given an understanding of past climate change impacts.

Short biographies of the three speakers are here.

The February Chapter meeting

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016


6:30 – Meet and eat
7:00 – Introduction and Announcements
7:20 – Presentation
8:45 – Adjournment

The meeting place for the January meeting is:

Walnut Hill United Methodist Church
10066 Marsh Lane
Dallas, TX 75229

Once inside the building,  there will be a sign inside the entry lobby directing you to our meeting in the basement meeting room.

The public is welcome at the NTMN Chapter Meetings. There is no charge to attend.

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