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Stressors on Steroids: Climate Change, Land-Use Change, Disturbance Regimes and the Future of Western Ecosystems
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 5:00pm to Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 6:30pm

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WHAT: Stressors on Steroids: Climate Change, Land-Use Change, Disturbance Regimes and the Future of Western Ecosystems

WHEN: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Portland State University, Shattuck Hall Annex (1914 S.W. Park Ave., Portland, Ore.)

This is the second installment of the Portland State University Sustainable Solutions Seminar Series. 
http://bit.ly/Sustainable_Solutions_Seminar_Series

 

Featured Speaker:  Lisa J. Graumlich, Dean, College of the Environment, University of Washington

The word “sustainability” brings up big problems, but we put the emphasis on solutions that connect us all.

Little doubt remains among scientists that the global climate system is changing due to human influence and that climate change will have far-reaching and fundamental impacts on ecosystems and biodiversity.  Arguably, previously localized stressors (e.g., land-use change, insect outbreaks, invasive species) are playing an equally important role in reshaping ecosystems at regional scales.  One of the great challenges in adapting to climate and other landscape-scale changes is developing and implementing policies that enhance ecological resilience in the face of these changes. In this talk, I explore the challenges of ecosystem management and adaptation with an emphasis on strategies that are robust to climate change and other stressors and that are politically and socially viable. 

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information on this event, please contact; sustainability@pdx.edu, 503-725-8556.