By Michael Wilcox
Michael Reisner is currently the Director of Augustana Upper Mississippi Center for Sustainable Communities. He earned his Ph.D. in Forest Ecosystems from Oregon State University in 2010. He also earned a J.D. from the University of Oregon in with an emphasis in environmental and natural resources law. He also taught at the University of Wisconsin in Stevens Point, WI. His teaching and research focus is interdisciplinary and cuts across the natural sciences and human dimensions of natural resource sustainability challenges. Professor Reisner is interested in gaining a better understanding of how to conserve and restore the resilience and adaptive capacity of social-ecological systems. He enjoys spending time mountain biking and hiking with his wife and three daughters.
His talk will focus on the health of Rock Island and Moline’s Hardwood Riparian Forest Ecosystems. He will also talk about stream water quality and the indicator carabid beetle community. The talk will close with recommendations for enhancing the resilience of these systems in the face of ongoing urbanization related disturbances, disease invasions (Emerald Ash borer) and climate change.
The program will be held on Monday April 17th in the Bronze Room of Moline Public Library at 6:30.