Renowned Biogeochemist to Speak at UM

September 21, 2016

MISSOULA – William Schlesinger, one of the world’s leading biogeochemists, will speak Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the University of Montana. His talk, “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,” will be at 7 p.m. in the University Center Theater.

Sharing experiences from 30 years of work, Schlesinger will discuss population and economic growth and their implications for natural habitats, biodiversity and the planet.

Schlesinger is the President Emeritus of the Cary Institute on Ecosystem Studies, former dean of the Nicholas School for the Environment at Duke University, a Duke professor of biogeochemistry and the author of more than 200 scientific papers.

His work has taken him to diverse habitats, ranging from Antarctica to Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia to the Mojave Desert of California. His research has been featured on “NOVA,” CNN, NPR and on the pages of Discover, National Geographic, The New York Times and Scientific American. He also has testified before U.S. House and Senate committees on a variety of environmental issues, including preservation of desert habitats, global climate change and carbon sequestration.

Schlesinger currently serves on the board of trustees for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Southern Environmental Law Center and on the Board of Scientific Advisors for Terrapass LLC.

His visit is sponsored by the Montana Institute on Ecosystems, a multi-institutional community dedicated to understanding complex ecosystems and the interconnectedness of people and nature. For more information, visit


Contact: Jacob Dyste, research assistant, Montana Institute on Ecosystems, 541-953-8685,