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Summer Lecture Series

The annual Summer Lecture Series at the University of Michigan Biological Station explores scientific topics and celebrates notable achievements. Our lecture series is free and open to the public, allowing interested community members to learn more about the natural world, and the Biological Station.

We are located at: 9133 Biological Rd., Pellston, MI 49769. (NOTE: For 2020, all lectures will be virtual).

Speakers from all over the country and the UMBS Community are invited to participate and share their work. We encourage everyone, including our students, faculty, researchers, and the public, to attend.

All events start at 7 pm. Please join us!

ANNOUNCING: The 2020 Summer Lecture Series

Olin Sewall Pettingill (left) and colleagues.

Our endowed lectures honor former instructors at UMBS:

  • Ralph E. Bennett Lecture in Mycology and Plant Biology
  • Harry Hann Lecture in Ornithology
  • Olin Sewall Pettingill Lecture in Natural History

This year's endowed lecturers are:

  • Dr. Patricia Brennan, Mount Holyoke College, Hann Lecturer
  • Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Pettingill Lecturer
  • Dr. Anton Reznicek, University of Michigan Herbarium, Bennett Lecturer

The 2020 Summer Lecture Series will also feature a climate change talk from U-M Climate and Space Science and Engineering Professor and Dow Sustainability Distinguished Faculty Fellow Richard Rood.

May 14: Framing Approaches to Climate Change Problem Solving

Dr. Richard Rood

Thursday, May 14, 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Richard Rood 

Professor, U-M Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering; Dow Sustainability Distinguished Faculty Fellow

Virtual Lecture (Open to the public; Q&A session to follow)

We are in a time of rapid climate change. Though we have developed policies such as the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, and we have made substantial progress on the use of renewable energy, atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions continue to increase. Therefore, the evidence suggests we will not disrupt the observed climate trends in the foreseeable future.

For the past decade, Dr. Rood has been part of a team of social scientists, climatologists, and practitioners focused on the usability of climate knowledge. From this work, we have developed models of engagement to advance usability. Successful use of climate knowledge, often, relies on multi-constituency problem solving with climatologists working interactively to develop meaningful fits between climate data and knowledge and the practitioner’s needs.

This talk highlights the framing of the challenges of climate change and the behavioral changes that will be required to allow us to navigate through those changes.

June 30: Dr. Patricia Brennan

Tuesday, June 30, 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Patricia Brennan, Mount Holyoke College

Virtual Lecture (Open to the public; Q&A session to follow)

July 7: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Tuesday, July 7, 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Virtual Lecture (Open to the public; Q&A to follow)

July 21: Dr. Anton Reznicek

Tuesday, July 21, 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Anton Reznicek, University of Michigan Herbarium

Virtual Lecture (Open to the public; Q&A to follow)