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UMFK Environmental Speaker Series features father, son research of Deboullie Lake Ecological Reserve

February 15, 2010




The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host environmental speakers, David and Aaron Putman, on Monday, February 22 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Nadeau Hall teleconference room. The Putmans will discuss their geological investigations of the rock glaciers of the Deboullie Lakes Ecological Reserve in northern Maine.

The presentation is part of the Environmental Speaker Series on campus. The event is free and open to the public.           
David and Aaron Putman spent six years conducting research on the talus slopes in the Deboullie Lakes Ecological Reserve in northern Maine and currently are engaged in the collection and analysis of samples from glacial moraine sequences for 10Be cosmogenic nuclide dating. For the past two summers they have conducted fieldwork in the Sierra Nevada and Wind River Mountain Ranges in the western U.S., and next summer plan to sample moraines along the southern margin of the Tien Shan, Xinjiang Province, in western China. 
David attended undergraduate school at Davis and Elkins College, the University of Montana, and the University of Maine at Farmington, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in geology, biology, and anthropology in 1985. He earned a master of science in quaternary studies from the University of Maine, Institute for Quaternary Studies (currently the Climate Change Institute) in 1993. David has worked as a Lecturer of Science at the University of Maine at Presque Isle since 2001.
Aaron earned a Bachelor of Science in geology from Bates College and a Master of Science from the University of Maine in glacial geology. At Bates, he cored lakes in the Canadian Arctic and studied alpine glaciers of the Ohio Range in central Antarctica for his master’s degree. He currently is a Ph.D. candidate at UMO Climate Change Institute.
The Environmental Studies Speaker Series at UMFK regularly brings speakers to campus. These presentations are open to the public and cover such topics as water quality, waste management, wind power, endangered species, forestry and marine science. The program is offered in collaboration with the UMFK Environmental Studies degree program. Speakers are only scheduled during the academic year.             
For more information on the Environmental Studies Speaker Series, contact Steve Selva at (207) 834-7617.