Biogeochemist William Schlesinger to Deliver Distinguished Lecture at UM

April 01, 2016

MISSOULA – An expert on the environment and climate change will visit the University of Montana on Tuesday, April 12, as the Montana Institute on Ecosystems’ distinguished visiting lecturer.

William Schlesinger, president emeritus of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, will present “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” at 7 p.m. in the University Center Theater. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture is free and open to the public.

Schlesinger, a graduate of Dartmouth College and Cornell University, has co-written more than 200 scientific papers on the link between environmental chemistry and global climate change. He wrote the widely adapted textbook “Biogeochemistry: An Analysis of Global Change,” and his recent work focuses on understanding how trees and soil influence atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.

His work has taken him to habitats ranging from Okefenokee Swamp to the Mojave Desert, and to Antarctica three times as a Duke Alumni tour guide. His research has been featured on NOVA, CNN, NPR and on the pages of Discover, National Geographic, The New York Times and Scientific American. Schlesinger has testified before U.S. House and U.S. Senate committees on a variety of environmental issues, including preservation of desert habitats, global climate change and carbon sequestration.

The Montana IoE is the flagship program of the Montana National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research RII award. It is a first-of-its-kind experiment for Montana to build an accessible, statewide institute on ecosystem sciences that promotes inclusion to all institutions of higher education, state agencies, NGOs and private industries with interests in ecosystem sciences. Its role is to serve as a research and education portal on ecosystem sciences to the residents of Montana and the nation in general.

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Contact: Jacob Dyste, program manager, Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), 406-243-5122,