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Forest researcher to speak at fire symposium

Posted: February 26, 2010

A researcher in the School of Forest Resources will be among the presenters at “Fire in the Eastern United States,” a symposium offered by the Penn State Dickinson School of Law.

Mark Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology, will speak at the event, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on April 1 at the Lewis Katz Building on the University Park campus. Sponsored by the Penn State Environmental Law Review, the symposium also will be simulcast to the Penn State Law campus in Carlisle.

Abrams is an expert on disturbance ecology and the effect of fire exclusion on mid-Atlantic forests. He will be one of seven panelists at the symposium, which will be highlighted by keynote speaker Stephen Pyne of Arizona State University, one of the world’s leading experts in fire history and ecology.

Organizers said the symposium is designed to inform conservation professionals, wildlife enthusiasts, forest managers and government officials on a wide range of issues that impact fire policy east of the Mississippi.