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Environment / Sustainability

Distinguished Ecologist Series March 31-April 1

March 26, 2010

Ecologist Brad Cardinale, Ph.D., says the rates of species extinction are approaching those of prior, mass extinctions, and that we know very little about how the well being of our own species might be linked to the great variety of life on our planet. Hear him speak at Colorado State about his research into biodiversity and ecosystem processes.

Brad Cardinale, Ph.D., thinking about how he will sample a stream in Yosemite National Park.

Wednesday, March 31 - 4 p.m.
Thursday, April 1 - 4 p.m.
Natural Resources, Room 113

Rising star

As a community ecologist, Brad Cardinale, Ph.D., is a rising star.

An assistant professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology at the University of California-Santa Barbara, he recently won the Plous Memorial Award, one of UCSB's two highest faculty honors.

Consequences of diminishing biodiversity

Cardinale, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 2002, uses theory, experiments, and observational studies to understand the causes and consequences of changing biological diversity in the modern era.

With a basic science focus on how environmental change accelerates rates of species extinction and mediates ecosystem processes, his research can help guide efforts to conserve and restore entire ecosystems. Several of his original contributions have been published in Nature, Science, and PNAS.

Cardinale to present two, free seminars

Cardinale will present two seminars that are free and open to the public. Both seminars take place in Natural Resources, Room 113.

  • Wednesday, March 31, 4 p.m.,"Biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems"
  • Thursday, April 1, 4 p.m.,"Does productivity drive diversity or vice versa? Towards resolution of a chicken-or-egg paradox"

Event sponsorship

This event is being sponsored by CSU's Graduate Degree Program in Ecology.


Contact: Jeri Morgan
E-mail: jeri.morgan@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-4373