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   from the issue of January 15, 2004

Lectures on natural resources, water issues begin Jan. 21


Current water and natural resources issues are the focus of a series of free public lectures on East Campus starting Jan. 21.

The 14-lecture UNL School of Natural Resources Water and Natural Resources Research Seminar will be from 3 to 4 p.m. each Wednesday through April 28 except for March 17 at L.W. Chase Hall.

More than half the speakers are from the School of Natural Resources, which was created in July 2003 by combining the Conservation and Survey Division, Water Center and former School of Natural Resource Sciences.

UNL scientists will cover diverse topics ranging from emergency response and homeland security planning using geographic information systems technology to geology of the Lewis and Clark expedition and from the future of the University of Nebraska State Museum to studies of bats.

Presenters from School of Natural Resources are listed as SNR. Dates, presenters and topics are:

• Jan. 21: Patricia Freeman, SNR, “Unraveling the Evolution of Microbats using Morphology, Ecology and Phylogeny.”

• Jan. 28: Jeff Arnold and Chad Boshart, SNR, “Emergency Response and Homeland Security Planning with Geographic Information Systems.”

• Feb. 4: Brigitte Tenhumberg, SNR, “Mathematical Modelling in Conservation Biology: Sustainable Wildlife Harvesting and Captive Breeding.”

• Feb. 11: Derek Ryter, Doane College, Crete, “Late Quaternary Climate Change Signals in a Tectonically Active Area - the San Jacinto Fault Zone, Southern California.”

• Feb. 18: Casey Kruse, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha, “The Biological Needs of Interior Least Terns and Piping Plovers in the Missouri River Valley.”

• Feb. 25: Bob Diffendal, SNR, “Lewis and Clark: Geological and Natural Resources Observations Across the Great Plains.”

• March 3: Gary Willson, National Park Service, Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, SNR, “Research and Technical Assistance to National Parks through the Great Plains CESU.”

• March 10: Priscilla Grew, NU State Museum, “The Future of the University of Nebraska State Museum.”

• March 17: No seminar.

• March 24: Steve Schwartz, Oklahoma State University, “Biodiversity in Ephemeral Wetlands Across Landscape Scales.”

• March 31: Kremer Lecture: Michael Meyer, U.S. Geological Survey, “Endocrine Disruptors and Emerging Contaminants: New Paradigms? Examples of Occurrence in Surface Water.”

• April 7: Williams Lecture: Jack Jones, University of Missouri, “The Role of Land Cover on Reservoir Trophic State in Missouri.”

• April 14: Randy Kolka, USDA Forest Service, “Understanding Ecosystems through Multidisciplinary Science.”

• April 21: Hannan LaGarry, SNR, “The Nebraska Geological Survey’s Recent Advances in the Tertiary Stratigraphy of the Northern Great Plains.”

• April 28: Bill Capehart, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, S.D., “Role of Prairie Wetlands in Regional Weather and Climate.”



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Lectures on natural resources, water issues begin Jan. 21