A delegation from the University of Kashmir in Srinagar, India, will be visiting Montana Tech's campus July 13 through 19. The group includes Dr. Talat Ahmad, vice chancellor; Dr. Manzoor Ahmed Shah, botany professor and project leader; Dr. Zafar Reshi, dean for research; Dr. Tanveer Ahmad Shah, special secretary to the vice chancellor; and Ms. Uzma Zehra, student.
The visit is to study and compare invasive plants in Montana and Kashmir and learn more about the effects of climate change on ecology. Dr. Robert Pal, Montana Tech associate professor in the Biological Sciences Department, will lead Montana Tech's contribution.
Four lectures will take place on Monday and Tuesday, July 15 and 16. The presentations are free and open to the public. The schedule follows:
Monday, July 15 (Big Butte Conference Room, Student Union Building):
• 1:30 p.m. — Dr. Ahmad will give an overview of the University of Kashmir followed by the world premiere of the documentary "Plant Invaders in Himalaya".
• 3 p.m. — Dr. Ahmad will present "Evolution of the Trans-Himalayan Ladakh Arc, Geochemical and Geochronological Constraints." The lecture deals with the collision zone between the Indian and Eurasian plates. Where does India end and Eurasia begin?
Tuesday, July 16 (Chemistry/Biology Building, Room 102):
• 1 p.m. — Dr. Manzoor Shah will present "Be it Horseweed or Common Reed: Invasion Sucks Indeed." Invasive alien species differ in abundance and impacts in native and non-native ranges. This lecture deals with how common reed and Canadian horseweed both tend to drive out natives in introduced ranges but not at home.
• 1:50 p.m. — A second showing of the documentary "Plant Invaders in Himalaya".
• 2:10 p.m. — Dr. Reshi will present "Modeling Distribution of Invasive Alien Species Under Changing Climate: A Case Study of Parthenium hysterophorus." The lecture discusses the distribution of a highly invasive species under various climate-change scenarios on a global scale as well as regionally and locally in India.
Dr. Ahmad is a world-recognized geologist whose research spans geochemical isotopic and geochronogic studies. He has published about 100 research papers and supervised 27 Ph.D. students.
Dr. Manzoor Shah's research in Himalayan invasive plant species spans from molecular to macro ecology. He has 70 publications and has accumulated numerous honors and awards.
Dr. Reshi's research interests include the biogeographical perspective of plant invasions, community invasibility, and distribution modeling with regard to climate change. He has published about 150 research papers and book chapters on these topics.