Annual Lecture Series 2009

June 8-12, 2009

Monday, June 8, 3:30 p.m.
Chasing Nitrogen Atoms: The Global Nitrogen Cycle
William Schlesinger, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Global change includes a variety of human impacts on the environment – climate change, biodiversity loss, nutrient pollution. Schlesinger will discuss the value of taking an ecosystem-wide approach to investigating and addressing these impacts. ( Summary )
Tuesday, June 9, 3:30 p.m.
Thresholds of Climate Change in Ecosystems
Colleen Charles, U.S. Geological Survey
Scientists are increasingly recognizing that small changes in climate trigger major, abrupt responses in ecosystems. Charles will identify the research needed to better understand and predict these responses for effective management. ( Summary )
Wednesday, June 10, 3:30 p.m.
Will Our Coasts Survive Climate Change?
Christophe Tulou, Resilient Coasts Initiative
How can the world’s coastal cities manage the multiple risks of climate change? Tulou will present the Resilient Coasts Initiative’s strategy for mitigating coastal risks like sea level rise and changes in precipitation patterns. ( Summary | News story )
Thursday, June 11, 3:30 p.m.
Is Journalism Dying? The Future of News, Journalism, and Journalists
Tom Rosenstiel, Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism
The news industry has experienced major shifts over the past five years. Is journalism as we know it disappearing? Or evolving? Assumptions that everything will simply resolve itself in a new technology marketplace may be misguided. Rosenstiel will outline the facts and myths about what is occurring in journalism. ( Summary )
Friday, June 12, 11 a.m.
Predicting the Costs of Climate Change
John Reilly, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, M.I.T. Sloan School of Management
Economists typically frame environmental issues as a balance between the costs of reducing environmental damage and the benefits of avoiding that damage in the first place. Reilly will address the challenges of estimating these costs when there are so many uncertainties and oversimplifications in the equation. ( Summary )

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