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Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing presents

Human-Dominated Ecosystems: Do Natural Processes Matter?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

[Human-Dominated Ecosystems: Do Natural Processes Matter?]
A Lecture by Steve M. Raciti
, Candidate for the Science Position in Environmental Studies

If current trends continue, the world’s urban population will double and urban land area will quadruple over the next 50 years. A greater knowledge of urban ecosystems will be essential for predicting and mitigating the environmental consequences of this explosive urban growth. My research uses ecology and biogeochemistry to explore the dynamic interactions between ecosystems, global change, and an increasingly urban human population. For instance, are urban areas important for carbon sequestration? How do urban green spaces influence water quality? What is the fate of soils beneath impervious surfaces? Does greater population density lead to greater sustainability? This seminar will address these questions and others related to the role of ecological processes in urban areas.

Location: RKC 111