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September 2016

Understanding and Predicting How Ecological Communities Respond to Climate Change
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 4:00 p.m.
Location: 225 Natural Resources Building
Speaker: Dr. Phoebe Zarnetske, Assistant Professor, Community and Spatial Ecology
Host: Department of Forestry
Contact: JeanaDee Allen allenjea@msu.edu
Series: Hanover Forest Science Seminar Series
Note: Climate change is affecting biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems. A key aspect of biodiversity is the ecological community – sets of interacting species that often play key roles in ecosystem functions like nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration, and pollination. Direct effects of climate change on individual species can alter their physiology and function. In addition to these direct effects, climate change can also produce a multiplier effect whereby direct effects on one species can also become indirect effects on other species through the biotic interactions among species. I will present initial research findings from several projects aimed at understanding and predicting the effects of climate change on ecological communities, including: landscape-scale and long-term field experiments that manipulate climate warming and herbivory; data syntheses with National Ecological Observatory Network data (NEON); and species distribution modeling that accounts for biotic interactions. I will end with a summary of ongoing and future research directions with collaborators including: warming effects on aquatic predator-prey relationships and ecosystem function, and scaling relationships between biodiversity, geodiversity, and ecosystem function across aquatic and terrestrial systems.

October 2016

Great Lakes Adaptation Forum
Date: Wednesday, October 5, Oct. 5-7
Location: University of Michigan
Speaker: TBA
Host: GLISA
Note: The 2016 Forum theme, A Network of Networks, reflects the opportunity and challenge we face in advancing climate research, adaptation, and resilience in the Great Lakes region. As climate change efforts are taken up across a diversity of sectors and disciplines, the need to share practices within and across our areas of expertise is more necessary than ever.

Managing for Adaptive Resilience of Forests to Climate Change and Disturbances
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 4:00 p.m.
Location: 225 Natural Resources Building
Speaker: Sophan Chhin, Assistant Professor, Silviculture and Forest Ecosystem Productivity
Host: Department of Forestry
Contact: JeanaDee Allen allenjea@msu.edu
Series: Hanover Forest Science Seminar Series
Note: The productivity and health of forest ecosystems in the 21st century will be threatened by the direct effects of climate change, primarily through the effects of elevated temperatures and increased water stress. Furthermore, climate change is also expected to increase the incidence and the severity of disturbance agents such as insect pests, and fungal pathogens, which in turn can reduce tree productivity and increase tree mortality in forests. It is unclear whether different tree populations will be able to cope with environmental change, and there is growing concern that the unprecedented rate of climate change will very likely exceed the adaptive capacity of many tree species. It is essential to address these environmental challenges in a proactive manner by identifying effective forest management practices that have the capacity to promote resiliency to climate change and forest disturbances. Examples of addressing these challenges will be provided for studies conducted in Michigan that examine the sensitivity of tree populations to past climatic stress; forecast future growth under different scenarios of climate change; examine how climate can predispose trees to insect pests and fungal pathogens; and explore innovative methods for forest health monitoring.

Soils are a Critical Component of Earth’s Critical Zone: An ESPP Distinguished Lecture
Date: Thursday, October 13, 10:00 a.m.
Location: 273 Giltner Hall
Speaker: Dr. Robert Horton, Professor of Agronomy, Iowa State University
Host: ESPP and Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Series: ESPP Distinguished Lecture Series

Deadline for Interdisciplinary Conference Funding for MSU Doctoral Students
Date: Saturday, October 15, 5 p.m.
Location: 274 Giltner Hall
Host: ESPP
Contact: weirkare@msu.edu
Note: For any MSU doctoral student to attend conference or meetings with an interdisciplinary environmental focus. Students must present their work. Up to $500 for domestic and $750 for international travel. ESPP specialization students who have completed two of the four requirements of the program are eligible for additional funds.

Forestry and Human Health in Urban Environments
Date: Tuesday, October 18, 4:00 p.m.
Location: 225 Natural Resources Building
Speaker: Emily Huff, Assistant Professor of Forestry
Host: Department of Forestry
Contact: JeanaDee Allen allenjea@msu.edu
Series: Hanover Forest Science Seminar Series
Note: When urban residents are asked to define or describe urban forestry many articulate a belief that 'urban forest' is a contradictory term. However, researchers and urban stakeholders are coming to understand the myriad benefits that an urban tree canopy and green spaces provide to residents and visitors. To better understand the benefits provided by a healthy and widespread urban tree canopy, it is important to quantify the links between urban trees and human health. This talk identifies potential research questions and themes that explore the intersection of urban forestry and human health outcomes, using quantitative social science approaches. The talk explores research potential in Michigan's small and large cities as well as broader applications of urban forest and health research

Feeding the World by User-Inspired Science
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: 273 Giltner Hall
Speaker: Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Host: Environmental Science and Policy Program
Contact: weirkare@msu.edu
Series: Distinguished Lecture Series
Note: Please register by Oct. 7 at this site . Refreshments will be served.

CFEW Research Presentation: Water and Land Use in American West
Date: Thursday, October 20, 1:00 p.m.
Location: 273 Giltner Hall
Speaker: Mary Doidge (Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics); Emily Dittmar (Plant Biology); Haoyang Li (Economics)
Host: ESPP
Contact: Karessa Weir weirkare@msu.edu
Series: ESPP Research Colloquia
Note: Refreshments will be served.

CFEW Research Presentation: Energy
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 12:00 p.m.
Location: 273 Giltner Hall
Speaker: Mahlet Garedew (Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering); Hamed Najafabadi (Chemistry); Tsuyoshi Oshita (Media & Information Studies)
Host: ESPP
Contact: Karessa Weir weirkare@msu.edu
Series: ESPP Research Colloquia
Note: Refreshments will be served.

November 2016

CFEW Research Presentation: Water and Food Nexus in Africa
Date: Tuesday, November 1, 3:00 p.m.
Location: 273 Giltner Hall
Speaker: Rajiv Paudel (Geography), Brad Peter (Geography), Judith Namanya (Geography), Tula Ngasala (Engineering)
Host: ESPP
Contact: Karessa Weirweirkare@msu.edu
Series: ESPP Research Colloquia
Note: Refreshments will be served.

CFEW Research Presentation: Climate Change
Date: Tuesday, November 8, 3:00 p.m.
Location: 273 Giltner Hall
Speaker: Riva Denny (Sociology), Udita Sanga (Community Sustainability), Ran Duan (Journalism), Laura Twardochleb (Fisheries & Wildlife)
Host: ESPP
Contact: Karessa Weir weirkare@msu.edu
Series: ESPP Research Colloquia
Note: Refreshments will be served.

ESPP Research Symposium: Environmental Health
Date: Friday, November 11, All day
Location: Kellogg Center
Speaker: TBA
Host: ESPP
Contact: Karessa Weir weirkare@msu.edu
Note: Call for Abstracts open now. Submit here: abstract

AutumnFest
Date: Saturday, November 12, 8:30 a.m.
Location: MSU Pavilion
Host: Collage of Agriculture & Natural Resources

CFEW Presentation: Water and Food in the Midwest
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 1:30 p.m.
Location: 273 Giltner Hall
Speaker: Zach Curtis (Environmental Engineering), Melissa Rojas (Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering), Lin Liu (Earth and Environmental Sciences)
Host: ESPP
Contact: Karessa Weir weirkare@msu.edu
Series: ESPP Research Colloquia
Note: Refreshments will be served.

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