Scientist Lecture

Delve deeper into the issues and conditions that impact the world around us. These free academic lectures allow you to step back into the classroom and learn from the experts.

Starting this year, our Scientist Lecture Series is moving to Wednesday.  Each lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required. All programs are held at 7pm.

May 16, 2018 – Preserving the Forests of Eastern North America – Insights from Japan and Europe.

Robert Askins, PhD, Katharine Blunt Professor of Biology at Connecticut College

The biological diversity of the deciduous forests in eastern North America is threatened by habitat fragmentation, increasing homogeneity of the vegetation, and the loss of top predators. Understanding the history and ecology of deciduous forests is critical for sustaining productive forests and preventing the loss of biological diversity. Askins will describe studies of remarkably similar forests in East Asia and Europe, which provide new insights about how to protect forests in North America. The talk is based on a book Askins recently published on the ecology and conservation of deciduous forests on three continents.

June 13, 2018 – Unique insights into the impacts of climate change, land management, and biodiversity loss from decadal-scale experiments in North American ecosystems

Kevin Mueller, Assistant Professor Cleveland State University

Many ecological processes operate on timescales of years to decades, making it difficult for short-term studies to accurately forecast the effects of environmental change on ecosystem structure and function. In this talk, Mueller will use a series of exemplary studies to provide examples of critical knowledge that can only be gained by repeated observations of long-running experiments. Case studies will be discussed for a variety of ecosystem types, including alpine meadows, grasslands, and forests.