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Public lecture at UC Riverside to highlight California's environment
Date:4/27/2010

RIVERSIDE, Calif. Conservation biologist Michael Allen will give a free, public lecture at the University of California, Riverside on May 6 titled "In the Crosshairs: California's Environment." The hour-long lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the University Theatre. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Seating is open.

In his talk, Allen, the director of the Center for Conservation Biology at UC Riverside, plans to discuss what the range of environmental issues in California are in response to global climate change, as well as some activities that Californians can undertake to help deal with this potential crisis.

"California is one of the global biodiversity hotspots," said Allen, a professor in and the chair of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology. "Due to our diversity of climates and geology, we have the most interesting natural world of any region in the country. But, we are also at ground zero in how humans are transforming the globe -- both for the worse, because of the ever increasing population and development pressures, and for the better, because California has an incredibly innovative society that is technologically savvy and environmentally aware."

Allen's research aims at understanding the effects of human activities on ecosystem biodiversity and functioning. He is researching how to measure carbon balance in ecosystems, especially carbon sequestration in wildland ecosystems, the predominant global carbon mechanism. He also is working on measuring and modeling how ecosystems are likely to respond to climate change, from individual endangered species to wildland ecosystems.

Allen obtained his Ph.D. in botany f
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Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside
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