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UW Haub School Director to Give Public Talk on Environmental Change

July 31, 2013
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UW Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources Director Indy Burke will discuss environmental change Aug. 8 in Cody. (Haub School Photo)

Ingrid “Indy” Burke, director of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, will present a public talk, titled “What does environmental change mean to you?,” at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody Thursday, Aug. 8, at 12:15 p.m. The free lecture is part of the Draper Natural History Museum’s Lunchtime Expedition series.

She will explain environmental change from an ecologist’s perspective and discuss which changes should -- and should not -- be of concern. She will explore questions, such as how likely a forest is to recover from a severe fire, how long that recovery is likely to take and how exotic weeds might affect the landscape. Burke also will offer some rules of thumb to make reasonably sound predictions about environmental change.

An ecosystem ecologist, Burke focuses on rangelands and forests of the American West. Her research and teaching at UW focus on the effects of management and weather on carbon and nitrogen cycling. As director of the UW Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, she gives students and citizens the tools they need to build sound, inclusive and lasting solutions to complex environmental and natural resource challenges.

In addition to directing the Haub School, Burke is UW’s Wyoming Excellence Chair in Ecology.

Burke received her doctorate in botany from UW, and her bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in Vermont. She has been designated a National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellow, a National Academy of Sciences Education Fellow in the Life Sciences and, recently, was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

More information about the Draper Natural History Museum’s free Lunchtime Expeditions can be found at or by contacting Charles Preston at or (307) 578-4078. More information about the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources can be found at or by contacting Emilene Ostlind at emilene@uwyo.eduor (307) 766-2604.

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