Montana Institute on Ecosystems to Present UM Lecture

April 02, 2014

MISSOULA – The final installment of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Series will be held Thursday, April 17, at the University of Montana.

Evan DeLucia is the G. William Arends Professor of Biology and director of the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He will present “Will Reliance on Bioenergy Affect Climate-Regulating Services of Ecosystems?” at 7 p.m. in the University Center Theater.

The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served before the talk.

DeLucia’s research centers on the responses of forest and agro-ecosystems to elevated carbon dioxide and other elements of global change. Using ecological, physiological and genomic approaches, he seeks to understand how global change affects the carbon cycle and the trophic dynamics between plants and insects.

DeLucia was a Bullard Fellow at Harvard University, and in 2002 he was a Fulbright Fellow at Landcare Research in New Zealand. He became a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2005. He has served in an advisory capacity to members of the U.S. Congress and the National Academy of Sciences.

The Montana Institute on Ecosystems is a community of scholars and partners with a shared vision to advance ecosystem sciences and related fields. The IoE draws on the extraordinary landscapes of Montana and beyond to understand complex ecosystems, including the interconnectedness of people and nature. Learn more at http://montanaioe.org.

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Contact: Gay Allison, program manager, Montana Institute on Ecosystems, 406-240-2617, gay.allison@umontana.edu.