Science Pub Hillsboro

Date: May. 19, 2014 Time: 7-9pm Located at: Venetian Theater and Bistro, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro
Who is this for: All ages Cost: $5 suggested donation

Science Pub Hillsboro

Conservation of Natural Wetlands
With Beth Middleton, PhD, research ecologist, GS14, National Wetlands Research Center, USGS

Wetlands provide a one-stop shopping center of food, water and building supplies in many parts of the world, but the effects of climate change are already apparent in wetlands at the extremes of their distributional ranges, e.g., swamps in east Texas, where water abstraction and land use change magnify the effects of droughts. Looming climate change threatens our future ability to maintain natural as well as human-constructed environments, particularly with the newest IPCC projections of increased temperature, drought and storm frequency. At the May 19 Science Pub, Middleton will describe the threats of climate change on the biodiversity and conservation of wetlands.

Beth Middleton is a Research Ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, National Wetlands Research Center. Her current research is on the effects of climate change on wetlands. Her doctoral research was on monsoonal wetlands in India, which has formed the basis of her later research on the effects of drought on wetlands during climate change. She received her Ph.D. from Iowa State University, M.S. from University of Minnesota-Duluth, and B.S. from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has conducted research on every continent except Antarctica. Prior to joining the U.S. Geological Survey, Dr. Middleton was a full professor at Southern Illinois University. Her research has been supported by the U.S. Geological Survey, National Science Foundation, Smithsonian and other organizations.

You can view her professional profile here.

Science Pub Hillsboro is a monthly event open to anyone aged 21+ (or minor with adult). No RSVP or scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks, and knowledge!
$5.00 suggested cover charge. Tell your friends. We hope to see you there!

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