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Environmental seminar to host director of Center for Adirondack Biodiversity
9/23/10

David Patrick, director of the Center for Adirondack Biodiversity and assistant professor of fisheries and wildlife science in the School of Natural Resources at Paul Smith’s College, will host the next Environmental Studies Seminar at Alfred University with a discussion titled “Why We Find What We Find Where We Find It: Scale and Applied Ecology.”

The lecture will take place on Friday Oct. 1, at 12:20 p.m. in Roon Lecture Hall (Room 247), the Science Center, on the Alfred University Campus. The public is invited; admission is free.

Patrick’s research and teaching focuses on conservation biology and wildlife management with a focus on population biology and landscape ecology. He is particularly interested in understanding the effects of habitat change on populations of biodiversity, and developing realistic approached to mitigation through collaborating with stakeholders.

His current research projects include understanding the effects of climate change on a cold-adapted amphibian, the mink frog, and developing education and outreach programs as a part of the Adirondack All-Taxa Biodiversity Inventory. He is also part of a group sponsored by National Geographic working to understand the effects of harvesting on endemic chameleons in the Tanzanian rainforest.

The Environmental Studies Seminar series at Alfred University is held every Friday during the fall semester when the University is in session.

Sponsored by the Division of Environmental Studies within Alfred University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the series brings a range of speaker to the campus, including scientists, activists, and policy-makers, with the mission to better understand our environment and what we can do better to sustain our world.