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Visiting scholar to discuss potential impacts of bioenergy April 15

April 3, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – Environmental scholar Evan DeLucia will speak at Montana State University's Museum of the Rockies on Tuesday, April 15 at 7 p.m.

The talk, “Will reliance on bioenergy affect climate-regulating services of ecosystems?” is free and open to the public as part of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems’ Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series. Light refreshments will be served prior to the talk.

DeLucia is the G. William Arends Professor of Biology and director of the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. DeLucia was a Bullard Fellow at Harvard University, and in 2002 he was a Fulbright Fellow at Landcare Research in New Zealand. DeLucia became a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2005. He has served in an advisory capacity to members of the U.S. Congress and the National Academy of Sciences.

DeLucia’s research centers on the responses of forest and agro-ecosystems to elevated carbon dioxide and other elements of global change. Using ecological, physiological and genomic approaches, DeLucia seeks to understand how global change affects the carbon cycle and the trophic dynamics between plants and insects.

DeLucia will also speak in Missoula on April 17.

The Montana Institute on Ecosystems is a multi-institutional community dedicated to understanding complex ecosystems and the interconnectedness of people and nature. For more information, visit


Contact: Todd Kipfer, Montana Institute on Ecosystems, (406) 994-7977,