Forest ThreatNet

Volume 2, Issue 1 - Winter 2009

EFETAC and Partners Featured During Chocolate Friday


UNCA's NEMAC logoQinfeng Guo and collaborative partners Karin Lichtenstein with University of North Carolina Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC), and Matt Hutchins with Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, Wild South and NEMAC, presented their work at Chocolate Friday last October. The event was themed “Forest Threats,” and Guo presented research on exotic plants in the United States. His presentation featured the major life history characteristics and common traits of plant species introduced into the United States and also focused on which habitats are more invasive than others and why. Lichtenstein described recent work with EFETAC on the Comparative Risk Assessment Framework and Tools (CRAFT). Hutchins presented “Climate Change in Western North Carolina: An analysis for understanding, planning and decisionmaking at the regional level.”

Chocolate Friday is a monthly research and idea-sharing event that features presentations from UNC Asheville’s NEMAC staff or University faculty, undergraduate research students, and visiting professionals and scientists. The event is held throughout the academic year at UNCA’s Reuter Center—and yes, chocolate is served! To find out more about upcoming Chocolate Fridays visit

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