Jan 20, 2015 2:37 PM by News Staff
A new book by a Chico State biology professor is providing new insights into climate change in California.
In her new book, "Phylogeography of California," Chico biology professor Kristina Schierenbeck tells the story of how California's unique location and geography has helped the state develop into one of 25 biological hot spots worldwide.
The story begins about 1 billion years ago and explains how the landscape formed and how organisms evolved on the changing landscape.
Shierenbeck explains that California is home to 4,800 of the 19,000 species native to the United States. Of those, about 30 percent are found only in the Golden State. In terms of species, the state is home to half of the nation's mammals and a tenth of its fish.
In the book Shierenbeck, who teaches courses in evolution and plant diversity at CSU Chico, makes recommendations on several regions needing protection.