CANCELED - Growing Pains in the Western U.S.: Land Use Change, Loss of Wildlands, and Consequences for Biodiversity

Wed, Mar 25, 7:00 pm
Procrastinator Theater MSU
Speaker Name: 
Andrew Hansen
Montana State University


Dr. Andrew Hansen, a Professor in the MSU Department of Ecology, will deliver “Growing Pains in the Western U.S.: Land Use Change, Loss of Wildlands, and Consequences for Biodiversity” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in MSU’s Procrastinator Theater. Light refreshments will be served prior to the talk. The event is free and open to the public as part of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems’ Distinguished Lecturer Series.

Dr. Hansen is the Director of the Landscape Biodiversity Lab at Montana State University. He teaches macroecology to undergraduates and landscape ecology to graduate students. His research focuses on interactions among biodiversity, climate change, and land use, with an emphasis on large landscape management and protected areas. He received a Ph.D. in ecology at the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He was on the faculty of Oregon State University, where Dr. Hansen studied ecological approaches to forestry at stand and landscape levels.  His current research at Montana State University focuses on the evaluation of the ecological integrity of large wildland ecosystems through application of remotely sensed and ancillary data.  He was a principle participant in the design of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) site in the Northern Rockies.  Dr. Hansen organized the NASA-funded workshop, “Sustaining Wildland Ecosystems through Monitoring and Communication to Stakeholders”, which developed the Wildland Health Index for monitoring ecosystems.  He was the Ecological Impacts Foundational Science Team Lead for the North Central Climate Sciences Center for a three year period.  He has been funded by NASA Earth Sciences for more than 25 years to develop remote sensing products to enable decision support on ecological management and conservation by resource managers.  These projects included applications in or across the US, North America, Central America, East Africa, China, and Brazil.  He currently has two projects with the United Nations Development Program to provide decision support to countries in the humid tropics regarding the 2020 Convention on Biodiversity targets and 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.   Dr. Hansen has published widely on these topics and is the lead editor of the recent book, “Climate Change in Wildlands: Pioneering Approaches to Science and Management.


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