Minnesota's Ecosystems, Climate Change and the Challenge of Managing our Natural Areas in the 21st Century

Series Description: Climate change is now the defining challenge of biodiversity conservation, testing our basic assumptions about how we conserve and manage forests, prairies, and wetlands. Plants and animals are on the move, forested ecosystems are changing and reorganizing before our eyes, and once benign actors, such as deer, earthworms, and lawn grasses, have become major players in shaping the future stories of the our state’s natural areas. In this program we will gain an understanding how the unique histories of three of Minnesota’s natural ecosystems, the Tallgrass Prairie, the Big Woods and the Great North Woods, set the stage for today’s climate impacts and how conservationists are using the science of resilience to develop a new paradigm for planning and managing natural areas in a changing planet, including facilitating transformation to ecosystems better adapted to a warmer, wetter MInnesota.

Series Information: Two week series, beginning on Thursday, April 29, 2021, 10:00-11:40 a.m. This is a live-streamed, online program. Registrants will receive information by email to access the program. The actual Join URL will be sent out to registrants two business days prior to the session. If you have not received it by then, please contact the Selim Center (selimcenter@stthomas.edu) immediately.

Series Educator: Dr. Douglas Shaw is Associate Director and Director of Conservation Programs for The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. He has worked in natural resource management and conservation for more than 35 years, the past twenty years with The Nature Conservancy in conservation science and management roles, starting his work with the organization as a biohydrologist in the Altamaha River Bioreserve in Georgia in 1999. An expert in watershed management and natural solutions to water issues, his conservation work has taken him across the U.S. and around the globe, from Everglades restoration in Florida to water scarcity in the arid Southwest, to the impacts of hydroelectric dams in Southeast Asia, to innovative water supply solutions for cities in Brazil, and to the rivers, prairies and forests of the Great Lakes region. Dr. Shaw has degrees in environmental and water resources management from the University of Texas and serves as an adjunct professor in Geography at the University of St. Thomas, where he has taught an extended version of this program on climate change and conservation since 2015.

Fee for the series: $30.00 per person

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Series Syllabus:

DateSession Description
April 29

Minnesota’s Natural Ecosystems and their conservation: Past, Present, and Future

May 6

Climate Resilience: A New Paradigm for Natural Areas Management