SWIC to host a presentation on understanding climate change April 18

With the ever-changing atmosphere, temperatures and environment, climate change research is a key factor in understanding the planet. Southwestern Illinois College is excited to welcome University of Texas Professor of Geography and Environment Kenneth Young, Ph.D., for a presentation titled, “Climate Change: A Perspective from the Tropics.”

The event will be at held April 18 at 7 p.m. in the SWIC Red Bud Campus, Performing Arts Room, 500 W. South Fourth St. The presentation is FREE and open to the public.

Young will discuss how global change affects natural-human systems, including glacier recession and land-use systems in the tropical Andes; environmental variability in southern Africa and conservation programs in tropical areas. He does policy-relevant research that informs biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. In his research, he links biogeography and landscape ecology with questions of ecosystem dynamics and aspects of global environmental and socioeconomic change.

Young has worked in natural and utilized landscapes in tropical areas and aspires to understand the global tropics, especially as affected by humans. He studies protected areas in relation to conservation biology, to climate change and to land use. Most recently he has been splitting his research efforts between high Andean landscapes and the tropical forests and floodplains of the western Amazon.

This event is co-sponsored by the SWIC Biology Department and the Kaskaskia Valley Audubon Society.

For more information contact SWIC Biology Professor Bob Weck at 618-235 2700, ext. 5607, or toll free at 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 5607, or at bob.weck@swic.edu.

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