How Air Pollution and Global Environmental Change Affect Ecosystems

In free public lecture at UC Riverside, conservation biologist Michael Allen will explain why anthropogenic impacts on the environment ramify throughout the global ecosystem

Photo shows Michael Allen.

Michael Allen is the director of the Center for Conservation Biology and the chair of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at UC Riverside. Photo credit: UCR Strategic Communications.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — What is the relationship between air pollution, global climate change, and the ability of wild land ecosystems to cope with the massive rate of anthropogenic impacts?

Michael F. Allen, the director of the Center for Conservation Biology at the University of California, Riverside, will address this question in a free public talk he will give on the UC Riverside campus on May 23.

Titled, “Interactions of Air Pollution and Global Environmental Change on Ecosystems,” the hour-long talk is part of the Environmental Toxicology Seminar Series at UCR.  It will take place at noon in Room 142, Winston Chung HallParking costs $6.

In his talk, Allen, a professor of plant pathology and microbiology, will explain why anthropogenic impacts of even one kind on the environment still ramify throughout the global ecosystem.

He gave the same talk on April 26 in Vienna, Austria, at the invitation of the European Geosciences Union.

Allen received his doctoral degree in botany from the University of Wyoming in 1980.  He joined UCR in 1998 where, currently, he chairs the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology.  His research is concentrated on understanding the effects of human activities on ecosystem biodiversity and functioning.

He has co-authored more than 180 research papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and three books. He has worked with the County of Riverside and Southern California regional agencies on multiple species habitat conservation planning efforts. He also has worked on interagency efforts to incorporate ecosystem management approaches into environmental decisions at the federal level.

He has served as a program officer for the National Science Foundation, and has participated in numerous advisory committees for agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Science Foundation.

He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and a recipient of the Chevron Conservation Award.  He also received the American Planning Association, Inland Empire Section, 2003 Distinguished Leadership-Academic Award.

Since its inception, he has participated in discussions and meetings on the National Ecological Observatory Network, a continental-scale observatory designed to gather and provide 30 years of ecological data on the impacts of climate change, land use change and invasive species on natural resources and biodiversity.

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