November 2017

Linking river valley flood regimes to floodplain forest composition and functional traits: contrasting flood dynamics and forest patterns in Michigan and Maryland
Date: Tuesday, November 28, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: 225 Natural Resources Building
Speaker: Matt Baker, University of Maryland
Host: Department of Forestry
Contact: Jeana-Dee Allen
Series: Hanover Forest Science Seminar Series
Note: Floodplain forests are known for their biodiversity and strong environmental gradients, yet most of our understanding of biotic response to such gradients comes from relatively simple characterizations of flood dynamics across space, often inferred from valley cross sections. We applied emerging geospatial modeling tools to characterize valley hydrologic dynamics in contrasting regional contexts and compare how flooding interacts with functional traits to drive patterns of biodiversity in floodplain ecosystems. We show that flood dynamics differ strongly with region and local physiography, altering the relative importance of specific traits and patterns of floodplain forest composition on otherwise similar landforms.

Social Inequality and Environmental Justice: An ESPP Research Colloquia
Date: Thursday, November 30, 3 p.m.
Location: 274 Giltner Hall
Speaker: Garret Ziegler, MSU Extension Joe T. Darden, Geography Sharlissa Moore, James Madison College
Host: Organized by Ran Duan, Journalism and ESPP, and Judith Namanya, Geography and ESPP
Contact: Karessa Weir
Series: ESPP Fall Colloquia Series 2017
Note: Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

December 2017

Gina McCarthy World View Lecture
Date: Monday, December 4, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center
Speaker: Gina McCarthy, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama
Host: MSU Office of the President
Note: Appointed by President Obama in 2009 as assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air and Radiation, and subsequently appointed head of the EPA in 2013, throughout her 30-year career Gina McCarthy has been a leading voice for common-sense strategies to protect public health and the environment. During her EPA tenure, she became the face of President Barack Obamaís global warming and climate change initiatives. She is a staunch advocate for reducing greenhouse gas pollution through cleaner energy sources and tougher clean-air regulations. As a proponent of the Clean Water Act, she will be speaking during MSUís year-long focus on water.

Reconnecting Development to the Biosphere
Date: Wednesday, December 13, 3:30 p.m.
Location: Lincoln Room, Kellogg Center
Speaker: Carl Folke, founder and director of science of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Host: MSU Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
Series: Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture
Note: Carl Folke, a world-renowned Swedish scientist who focuses on the need for people to be in partnership with nature, will deliver the 2017 Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture. Dr. Folke is founder and director of science of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, of which is he is a member. His work focuses on the premise that supporting ecosystems is necessary for social and economic development, stewardship and governing and managing for resilience and transformation in social and ecological systems that are intertwined. In short, global sustainability demands that humanity remain within Earthís operating boundaries. The relevant question then becomes: What will it take? The lecture is free, open to the public and will be followed by a reception. The Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture is supported by the National Science Foundation; the MSU offices of the President, Provost and Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies; the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; MSU AgBioResearch; the Environmental Science and Policy Program and the Sustainable Michigan Endowed Project.

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