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Yellowstone on My Mind w/ Cathy Whitlock
January 9 @ 2:00pm
Spring Convocation events will continue with speaker Cathy Whitlock, Montana University System Regents Professor in the MSU Department of Earth Sciences in the College of Letters and Science, who will deliver “Yellowstone On My Mind.” The talk will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. in Reynolds Recital Hall.
Whitlock is an internationally respected Earth scientist who studies past climate and environmental change. She joined the MSU faculty in 2004 and established the MSU Paleoecology Lab, which focuses on reconstructing vegetation, fire and climate histories to understand how past ecosystems responded to climate change in order to better understand how ecosystems may respond to future climate change. Her scientific discoveries on past ecosystem dynamics during the 1988 fires in Yellowstone National Park have informed resource management decisions and conservation efforts and led to new methods for reconstructing long-term fire histories — techniques that are now used worldwide. The lab also supports post-doctorate, graduate and undergraduate students and visiting scientists from around the world.
After Whitlock’s lecture, all are invited to the MSU Library Open House from 3 to 6 p.m. This year’s open house theme is Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.” Food and music will be available as the library celebrates diverse cultures and the resources available on campus.