Noted Sustainability Scientist Nancy Grimm to Lecture at UM

March 18, 2019

MISSOULA – A renowned and prolific sustainability scientist, Nancy Grimm, will present the spring semester “Lecture at the Nexus” series at the University of Montana.

Grimm will deliver “Climate Change, Disturbance and Extreme Events: How Will Cities Respond?” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in Room 204 of the James E. Todd Building. Following the lecture, a reception will be held on the second-floor foyer. Both events are free and open to the public.

From noon to 1 p.m. in the Todd Building Room 203, Grimm also will participate in a forum with a UM faculty panel titled “Science & Practice: Water & Resilience.” Panelists include Dr. Lisa Eby, associate professor in UM’s Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences, and Dr. Brian Chaffin and Dr. Alex Metcalf, both assistant professors in the University’s Department of Society and Conservation.

The “Lecture at the Nexus” series is hosted by UM BRIDGES, an interdisciplinary graduate training program that prepares future leaders to advance science at the nexus of water, energy and food systems. Highlighting the critical interactions between science and sustainable solutions, Grimm’s visit is co-sponsored by the University’s Office of Research and Scholarship, the Flathead Lake Biological Station and the Office of the Provost.

“We are excited that Dr. Grimm is coming to speak at UM,” said UM BRIDGES Program Coordinator Alisa Wade. “She has numerous awards recognizing her substantial contributions to understanding both urban and natural water systems.”

Grimm is an ecosystem ecologist who studies the interactions of climate change, human activities and urban and stream ecosystems. She is the Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Ecology in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, where she is also the Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.

She co-directs the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network and works with cities to co-produce visions of resilient and sustainable futures. Grimm is a past-president and Fellow of the Ecological Society of America and a Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science, Society for Freshwater Science, and American Geophysical Union.  She also serves as an editor for the journal Earth’s Future, is an editorial adviser for Ecohydrology and Urban Ecology, and is an associate editor for Frontiers in Built Environment: Urban Science.

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Contact: Alisa Wade, UM conservation scientist, UM BRIDGES program coordinator, 406-529-9722,