Pressing Environmental Questions to be Explored at Fall Seminar Series

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 19, 2012

Contact: Gina Hebert, (508) 289-7725;

Public invited to lectures by leading environmental scientists

MBL, Woods Hole, MA – A lecture exploring how human impacts from air pollution, climate change, and land-use changes affect carbon storage and retention of nitrogen in forests will be the next topic in the 2012 Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series, sponsored by the Marine Biological Laboratory’s (MBL’s) Ecosystems Center. Ecologist Christine Goodale of Cornell University will present the talk on Friday, September 21 at 3:00 PM in the Speck Auditorium, Rowe Building, 10 MBL St., Woods Hole.  The public is invited to attend.

The Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series is part of the Ecosystem Center’s Semester in Environmental Science (SES), a 15-week program that immerses undergraduate science students in an intensive semester of hands-on ecological science using a curriculum that approaches environmental science from an ecosystems perspective. The Distinguished Scientists Seminar Series gives SES students and the public an opportunity to meet and interact with some of the best practitioners of environmental science in the world.

The Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series will continue throughout the fall at the MBL.  The remaining lectures in the series are:

October 5 — 3:00 PM, Loeb Lecture Hall G70, 18 MBL St., Woods Hole
RUSSELL SCHMIDT, University of California Santa Barbara
“Abrupt State Change and Resilience in Marine Ecosystems: What Coral Reefs Are Telling Us”

October 26 — 3:00 PM, Loeb Lecture Hall G70, 18 MBL St., Woods Hole
SARAH HOBBIE, University of Minnesota
“Biogeochemical Fluxes through Neighborhoods and Households in the Twin Cities, Minnesota”

November 2 — 3:00 PM, Speck Auditorium, Rowe Building, 10 MBL St., Woods Hole
SHAHID NAEEM, Columbia University
“Importance of Biodiversity to Ecosystem Function”
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