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Seminar Series 2014-15 Academic Year

The George Perkins Marsh Institute and Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library announce the 2014-15 Academic Year Seminar Series. Seminars will present cutting-edge research on human/environment interactions taking place at Clark University and are designed to catalyze discussions regarding future research possibilities. Seminars are open to all in the Clark community. The format is a 40-45 minute presentation followed by 15-20 minutes of questions and discussion. Interaction with the speaker is encouraged. Light refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own brown-bag lunch if desired. The third seminar of the series is as follows:

Grove

J. Morgan Grove, Research Scientist and Team Leader, Baltimore Field Station and Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES). Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service

"Developments in Long Term Social Ecological Research: The Case of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) and Linking Science and Decision Making"
Thursday, November 13th
12:15 – 1:15 pm
University Center, Lurie Conference Room

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King Fire Points to California's Drought-Driven Fire Future

Yahoo! News 9/18/2014

"One of the largest of 28 active wild fires now burning across California is the King Fire, about 45 miles northeast of Sacramento, sending smoke and ash hundreds of miles and spreading fast because of sharp wind changes and steep terrain. ... 'Unfortunately, our problems will not be over when the King Fire is contained,' says Dominik Kulakowski, Research Assistant Professor at the Marsh Institute and Associate Professor of Geography. 'There is an urgent need to consider how we can prepare for a future that is likely to be characterized not only by shortages of water resources, but also by increasingly high risks of severe wildfires and insect outbreaks.'" This story also ran in the Christian Science Monitor. More »

Los Angeles Reached 103 Degrees This Week. How Drought is to Blame

The Christian Science Monitor 9/17/2014

"Southern California continues to swelter under a heat wave that is producing both record temperatures and straining the region's infrastructure with unprecedented consumer demand. On Tuesday, temperatures hit 103 in downtown Los Angeles -- the highest in more than a century. ... 'The drought this heat wave is connected to is contributing to severe high temperatures,' says Chris Williams, Research Assistant Professor at the Marsh Institute and Associate Professor of Geography and Biology." This story also ran on Yahoo! News. More »