Montana State University

Oct. 26 lecture to focus on change in Yellowstone, Northern Rockies

October 20, 2011 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - A lecture about observing change in Yellowstone National Park and the northern Rockies will be presented Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Montana State University.

The free public lecture titled "Observing a Changing World" will begin at 7 p.m. in the Hager Auditorium of the Museum of the Rockies. Refreshments will be served before the lecture, starting around 6:30 p.m.

David Schimel, chief science officer and principal investigator for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) in Boulder, Colo., will explain how NEON detects change and enables scientists to forecast ecological change at continental scales over multiple decades. NEON -- the first observatory network of its kind -- has divided the country into 20 domains, one of them being the northern Rockies.

In a related activity, Schimel will participate in a brown bag question-and-answer session with MSU faculty and students at noon Thursday, Oct. 27, in room 235 of the Strand Union Building.

Schimel was senior terrestrial scientist in NCAR's Climate and Global Dynamics Division for 16 years and founding co-director of the Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry. He was one of the recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report. He has written more than 150 papers on biogeochemistry climate impacts on ecosystems and the global carbon cycle. He was NEON's CEO from 2006 to 2011.

Schimel's lecture is hosted by the proposed Montana Institute of the Environment. MSU and the University of Montana are working together to enhance environmental and ecosystem science research, education and engagement across the state via the Montana University System Consortium for Ecosystem Research and Education (MtCERE). The consortium proposed the creation of the Montana Institute of the Environment.

For more information, call (406) 994-2374 or go to the Web at

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or