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April 18, 2013

MISSOULA –

Stephen Jackson, director for the U.S. Department of Interior Southwest Climate Science Center and professor of geosciences at the University of Arizona, will deliver a lecture titled “Looking Forward: Climate, Ecology and Culture in a World of Change” as part of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems Distinguished Lecturer Series on Monday, April 22, at The University of Montana.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the University Center Theater. Light refreshments will be served before the event, which is free and open to the public.

Jackson’s research employs tree-rings, fossil rodent-middens and sediments from lakes and bogs to investigate how past climatic changes and human activities have affected species distributions, biodiversity and ecosystem properties. His research provides baselines for gauging ongoing and future changes in ecological systems, and delivers case studies that reveal the complex dynamics of ecological response to environmental change and variability.

“Dr. Jackson’s work has implications for conservation policy, resource management and climate-change adaptation,” said IoE Program Manager Gay Allison.

UM’s Institute on Ecosystems Distinguished Lecturer Series provides opportunities for faculty and students to connect with the brightest, most interesting scholars in environmental disciplines.

Approved by the Montana University System Board of Regents in November 2011, the Institute on Ecosystems is a community of 200 scholars across the MUS with the goal of advancing integrated discovery, education and engagement in the environmental and ecosystem sciences. The institute, co-located at UM and Montana State University, is supported by a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.

For more information about the lecture, call Allison at 406-243-2617 or email gay.allison@umontana.edu.

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Contact: Gay Allison, program manager, Montana Institute on Ecosystems at UM, 406-243-2617, gay.allison@umontana.edu.