February 2017

Climate Change and the Global Hydrologic Cycle: Efforts in Monitoring, Modeling and Ability to Forecast Changes
Date: Monday, February 27, 1:00 p.m.
Location: Lake Superior Room, MSU Union
Speaker: Dr. Soroosh Sorooshian, Distinguished Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Earth System Science. Director of the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS), the Henry Samueli School of Engineering, University of California-Irvine
Host: ESPP
Contact: Karessa Weir
Series: ESPP Distinguished Lecture
Note: Light refreshments will be served.

March 2017

Octopus Brain and Development
Date: Thursday, March 2, 3:30 p.m.
Location: 118 Eppley Center
Speaker: Clifton Ragsdale, Department of Neurobiology, University of Chicago
Host: Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior
Contact: Anselmo Pontes
Series: EEBB Spring 2017 Seminars

High-Performance Membranes for Energy-Efficient Desalination and Wastewater Reuse
Date: Wednesday, March 15, 4 p.m.
Location: Room 104 A & B, Kellogg Center
Speaker: Menachem Elimelech, Roberto Goizueta Professor of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Yale University
Host: ESPP
Contact: Karessa Weir
Series: ESPP Distinguished Lecture Series
Note: Abstract: "Water scarcity is one of the greatest global crises of our time. Increasing water supply beyond what is obtainable from the hydrological cycle can be achieved by seawater desalination and wastewater reuse. Highly effective, low-cost, robust technologies for desalination and wastewater reuse are needed, with minimal impact on the environment. Recent advances in the science and technology of desalination and wastewater reuse will be presented, focusing on membrane-based processes. Major developments in these technologies are possible due to recent advances in materials science, nanotechnology, and the fundamental understanding of the solid-water interface. In this presentation, we will show how we can exploit novel nanomaterial and polymer architectures to develop better approaches to design and fabricate membranes. By integrating the facile processability, light-weight, and low-cost features of organic polymers with functionality provided by inorganic nanostructures, we can develop a new membrane materials platform with applications in desalination and wastewater reuse. Among the examples that will be discussed in this presentation are the development of antifouling membranes, biofouling-resistant membranes, and next-generation membranes that overcome inherent limitations of existing technologies."

ESPP Colloquia: Science Communication
Date: Thursday, March 16, 3 p.m.
Location: 273 Giltner Hall
Speaker: John Besley (Communications), Tom Dietz (Sociology), Dave Poulson (Knight Center for Environmental Journalism), Sheril Kirshenbaum (University of Texas-Austin)
Host: ESPP
Series: Karessa Weir
Note: Light refreshments provided.

Understanding Impacts of Volunteer Water Monitoring Programs on Natural Resource Policy and Management
Date: Thursday, March 16, 3:30 p.m.
Location: 118 Eppley Center
Speaker: Kristine Stepenuck, Lake Champlain Sea Grant, University of Vermont
Host: EEBB
Contact: Jo Latimore
Series: EEBB Spring 2017 Seminars

From Agent Orange to Climate Security: The Emerging Field of Environmental Peacebuilding
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 10:00 a.m.
Location: Riverside Room, Kellogg Center
Speaker: Carl Bruch, Senior Attorney and Director of International Programs, Environmental Law Institute
Host: ESPP
Contact: Karessa Weir
Series: ESPP Distinguished Lecture Series
Note: In fitful starts, the international community has increasingly recognized the linkages between the environment, conflict, and peace. International awareness started with the Vietnam War and the widespread use of Agent Orange—and faded until the 1990-91 Gulf War, when Iraq ignited more than 600 oil wells. Through the 1990s, there was growing attention to the potential for conflicts over scarce resources (such as water and land) or over valuable resources (such and oil and gas) to cause conflict. And starting in the early 2000s, countries and international organizations realized that land, forests, minerals, and other natural resources are essential to helping countries emerging from conflict to rebuild their economies and reweave the social fabric. The emerging field of environmental peacebuilding provides a conceptual and operational framework for governing and managing natural resources and the environment to support a durable peace. Carl Bruch (’89) directs International Programs that the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC. His presentation will draw upon 20 years of work in conflict-affected countries. In addition to sharing lessons from around the world, he will explore areas for further research and work in the field of environmental peacebuilding.

The Big View: Planet Stewardship in the Human Age
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Room 145 Communication Arts and Science Building
Speaker: Dennis Dimick, retired environment executive editor at National Geographic and board member of the Society of Environmental Journalists
Host: Knight Center for Environmental Journalism; ESPP
Contact: Eric Freedman
Note: For most of human existence, we survived on current sunshine – wood, water and wind – to power society. Then over the past few centuries we discovered fossil sunshine – coal, oil and natural gas – to power our lives. We now primarily rely on this ancient sunlight, fossilized carbon remains of ancient plants and animals, to turn our wheels and light our world. We’ve have transformed our finite planet – the land, seas and atmosphere – with a rapid expansion of our dominion over Earth, and scientists and others have begun calling this new human-dominated era The Anthropocene, or “Age of Man.” Can we create a soft landing for civilization and what would it take? How can our ingenuity, wisdom and those same fossil fuels build a bridge to a sustainable energy future powered again primarily by renewable current sunlight? A journalist for more than four decades, Dennis Dimick served for many years as executive environment editor at National Geographic magazine, and 35 years as a picture editor at the National Geographic Society. At National Geographic he guided major magazine projects including a 2010 issue on freshwater, a 2011 series on population, and the 2014-2016 Future of Food series on global food security. A faculty member of the Missouri Photo Workshop for 19 years, Dimick has received the Sprague Memorial Award from the National Press Photographers Association for service to photojournalism. He is a board member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, a member of the Committee for Research and Exploration of the National Geographic Society, and is co-founder of Eyes on Earth, an educational project to inspire a new generation of environmental photographers. Dimick grew up on an Oregon sheep and hay farm, and he holds degrees in agriculture and agricultural journalism from Oregon State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

When Will Species Interactions Mediate Species Responses to Climate Change?
Date: Thursday, March 23, 3:30 p.m.
Location: 118 Eppley
Speaker: Jeffrey Diez, Botany & Plant Sciences, University of California-Riverside
Host: Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior; Kellogg Biological Station
Contact: Jen Lau and Sarah Evans, KBS
Series: EEBB Spring 2017 Seminars

Plant Community Reassembly in Response to Climate Change
Date: Thursday, March 30, 3:30 p.m.
Location: 118 Eppley Center
Speaker: Janneke Hille Ris Lambers, Biology Department, University of Wisconsin
Host: Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior
Contact: Phoebe Zarnetske; Jen Lau, KBS
Series: EEBB Spring 2017 Seminars

Biological Assemblage Conditions of Streams and Reservoirs in Brazil: Conservation & Management Implications
Date: Friday, March 31, 3:30 p.m.
Location: 152 Natural Resources Building
Speaker: Dr. Robert Hughes, visiting Senior Scientist with Amnis Opes Institute working in collaboration with Dr. Dana Infante’s Aquatic Landscape Ecology Lab. His current research focuses on biological assessments of streams, lakes, and rivers across large geographic extents in the USA, Europe, Brazil, and China. Dr. Hughes was a Courtesy Associate Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University, Fulbright Scholar, and past president of the American Fisheries Society.
Host: Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
Contact: Janet Hsiao at
Series: FW GSO Spring 2017 Seminars
Note: Free and open to the public, light refreshments provided

April 2017

Honey Bee Communication, in the form of a Sleep-Restricted Dancer and her Unwitting Followers
Date: Thursday, April 6, 3:30 p.m.
Location: 118 Eppley
Speaker: Barrett A. Klein, Biology Department, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse
Host: Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior
Contact: Eben Gering
Series: EEBB Spring 2017 Seminars

Unknown Unknowns, and How Discoveries Happen
Date: Thursday, April 13, 3:30 p.m.
Location: 118 Eppley Center
Speaker: Terry McGlynn, Department of Biology, California State University-Dominguez Hills
Host: Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior
Contact: Rich Lenski
Series: EEBB Spring 2017 Seminars

Reverse Ecology: Using Genomes to Understand the Natural Histories of Micro-organisms
Date: Thursday, April 20, 3:30 p.m.
Location: 118 Eppley
Speaker: Ann Pringle, Botany and Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Host: Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior and Kellogg Biological Station
Contact: Klara Scharnagl and Jen Lau, KBS
Series: EEBB Spring 2017 Seminars

Climate and Regulation of Mountain Lake Ecosystems by Predators and Resources
Date: Thursday, April 27, 3:30 p.m.
Location: 118 Eppley Center
Speaker: Johnathan B. Shurin, Ecology/Behavior & Evolution, University of California-San Diego
Host: Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior; Kellogg Biological Station
Contact: Phoebe Zarnetske and Elena Litchman, KBS
Series: EEBB Spring 2017 Seminars

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