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UMaine Soil Scientist to speak at upcoming UMFK Environmental Studies Speaker Series

March 8, 2017

Ivan FernandezThe University of Maine at Fort Kent Environmental Studies Speaker Series will host a presentation by Dr. Ivan J. Fernandez on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon in UMFK’s Grindle Conference Room at Cyr Hall. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. 

The presentation is entitled, “Maine’s Climate Future – How Do We Respond?”  Dr. Fernandez’s talk will highlight the findings of that report, linkages of our changing climate to our environment in Maine, and discuss strategies to adapt. His discussion also will highlight the effects on forests as an example of a sector of importance to Maine.

Fernandez is a professor of soil science and forest resources, and cooperating professor in climate change institute at the University of Maine at Orono.

His research interests include the biogeochemistry of forested ecosystems in a changing chemical and physical climate.  He also has research interests in how we are developing adaptation strategies for managing ecosystem response to climate change, particularly as it relates to terrestrial ecosystems and the freshwater resources they encompass.

For more information on the Environmental Studies Speaker Series, contact Dr. Peter Nelson, UMFK assistant professor of biological sciences and environmental studies, at (207) 834-7683.      

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.