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'My Favorite Lecture' features Diana Wall Nov. 12

November 9, 2009

Come to the next "My Favorite Lecture" event with Diana Wall, Ph.D. to hear her lecture on "Research in the coldest desert on earth, the Antartic Dry Valleys," sponsored by TILT.

'Favorite Lecture' series continues

Diana Wall, Ph.D., Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Senior Research Scientist, Natural Resouce Ecology Laboratory, and professor for the Department of Biology at CSU, will give her favorite lecture titled, "Research in the coldest desert on earth, the Antarctic Dry Valleys."

Veteran of Antarctic research

In the past 10 years, Diana Wall has documented striking changes in the Dry Valleys, as reported by The New York Times. While the temperature across much of Antarctica is rising, the Dry Valleys experienced a regional cooling period, which in turn led to cooler and drier soils.

As a result, the population of an Antarctic nematode has shrunk by 65 percent since 1993 – a drop that translates to a loss of a third of the total carbon cycling in the ecosystem. Scientists are seeking to find out whether similar disturbances are taking place worldwide.

Pioneering research on soil biodiversity

In 2006, Wall received an honorary doctorate from the Netherlands’ Utrecht University for her pioneering research on soil biodiversity, a focal point in many international cooperative ecological research programs. Wall also was elected to the board of directors of the influential World Resources Institute, an environmental think tank, in recognition of her dedication to environmental research, education and science communication.

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What is the "My Favorite Lecture Series?"

The Institute for Learning and Teaching's "My Favorite Lecture" series gives CSU students the opportunity to learn from and interact with some of CSU's internationally recognized scholars. The series is sponsored by TILT.

  • When: Thursday, Nov. 12, 4:15 p.m.
  • Where: TILT Auditorium

Contact: Heather Landers
Phone: (970) 491-1324