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Sustainability lecture series presents "Stressors on Steroids" April 6
Author: John Kirkland
Posted: April 1, 2011

Lisa J. Graumlich, dean of the College of the Environment at University of Washington, will present "Stressors on Steroids: Climate Change, Land-Use Change, Disturbance Regimes and the Future of Western Ecosystems" on Tuesday, April 6.  The lecture will run from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Portland State University's (PSU) Shattuck Hall Annex, 1914 S.W. Park Ave.

Graumlich's talk will focus on the impact of local stressors such as insect outbreaks and invasive species, and how they are reshaping ecosystems - and the demands on public policy -- on a grand scale. She will explore the challenges of ecosystem management and adaptation, emphasizing strategies that are politically and socially viable.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is the second in a Spring-long seminar series by PSU's Institute for Sustainable Solutions.  The lecturers scheduled for the remaining seminars in the series are:

  • April 13, Jared Gardner, Oregonians for a State Bank
  • April 27, Mike Rosen, manager of the City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services Watershed Division. Also featured will be the showing of a documentary film about the BP oil spill, and a panel discussion.
  • May 4, Susan Anderson, director of the City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
  • May 25, John Loomis, professor of agricultural and resource economics at Colorado State University
  • June 1, Tim Kasser, chair of psychology at Knox College and the author of "The High Price of Materialism" and other works related to consumerism and wellbeing

The lectures in the series are also listed on the web: