University of Maryland lecturer visits CSUB to discuss climate change

April 29, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,

California State University, Bakersfield's School of Natural Science and Mathematics presents its second public seminar of the year on Tuesday, May 6 at 4 p.m. in Science Building III, room number 108.

Louis Pitelka, a professor at the Appalachian Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, will be the guest lecturer in a talk entitled "Climate Change and Some Effects on Ecosystems."

"It is now widely accepted that significant climate change as a result of human emissions of greenhouse gases is going to continue to occur," Pitelka said. "It already is possible to detect changes in ecosystems in response to recent relatively minor changes in climate. Climate-induced changes in ecosystems may feed back to further modify the climate and models can be used to predict how ecosystems will respond."

Examples to be discussed include changes in the distribution of vegetation and in biodiversity. "Developing accurate predictions is essential for helping manage the changes so as to preserve species, ecosystems and ecosystem services," he added.

The seminar is being funded through a $400,000 National Science Foundation grant awarded to CSUB. The grant provides scholarships for CSUB science, math, and engineering majors and allows CSUB's School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics to offer a lecture series of interest to science students, faculty, and the general public. NSF is an independent federal agency created to promote the progress of science. The agency funds specific research proposals that have been judged the most promising by a rigorous and objective merit-review system.

For additional information, contact Tom Meyer at (661) 654-2104.