The Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science is excited to announce its inaugural Distinguished Speaker Series for the Spring 2022 semester.

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Thursday February 3, 2022

3 P.M. | 312 Ag Engineering

Jessica Hellmann
Professor of Ecology, University of Minnesota
Executive Director, Institute on the Environment

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Talk Title: Answering the call for a new climate science

Abstract: I am an academic. I am an ecologist. I am a sustainability scientist. I’m a practical person striving to respond to the call for new ways of surviving—or even thriving—in a climate and biodiversity crisis. I heed this call as a researcher and a teacher and as the steward of an interdisciplinary academic community at a major research university. But confronting crisis asks new and different things of academia than we are used to providing, and few areas demonstrate this as clearly as the emerging field of adaptation science.

My own work in species conservation and biogeography shows how climate change adaptation bridges the experimental sciences with ethics and policy. Adaptation asks academics to partner with communities to understand what resilience means and successful interventions look like. When we ponder and test adaptation strategies, we also question long-held assumptions about nature and ourselves. And we are granted an opportunity to raise new, sometimes controversial, ideas (e.g., assisted migration) and examine them in a new light.

If that sounds like an exciting journey—and you’re ready to think about new things in new ways with new people—you may have a role to play in this emerging field too.

Thursday March 24, 2022

3 P.M. | 312 Ag Engineering

Catherine Kling
Tisch University Professor, Cornell,
Director for David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future

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Thursday April 14, 2022

3 P.M. | Location TBA

Dan Sanchez
Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley

Thursday April 28, 2022

3 P.M. | 312 Ag Engineering

Joan Rose
Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research, Michigan State University

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Thursday May 26, 2022

3 P.M. | 312 Ag Engineering

Peter Woodbury
Senior Research Associate, School of Integrative Plant Science Soil and Crop Sciences Section, Cornell University