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Renowned scientist William Schlesinger to speak Sept. 29 at MSU

September 21, 2016 -- From MSU News Service

William Schlesinger will discuss population growth, economic growth and the implications for natural habitats, biodiversity and the planet in a free public talk set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in SUB Ballroom A. Photo courtesy of William Schlesinger.

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BOZEMAN— William Schlesinger, a renowned scientist and Duke University professor, will deliver a free public talk, “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in SUB Ballroom A on the Montana State University campus. Schlesinger's visit is hosted by the Montana Institute on Ecosystems.

Sharing experiences from 30 years of work, Schlesinger is expected to discuss population growth, economic growth and the implications for natural habitats, biodiversity and the planet. 

Schlesinger is president emeritus of the Cary Institute on Ecosystem Studies, former dean of the Nicholas School for the Environment at Duke University, a Duke University professor of biogeochemistry and the author of more than 200 scientific papers.

His work has taken him to diverse habitats ranging from Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia to the Mojave Desert of California to Antarctica. His research has been featured on NOVA, CNN, NPR and on the pages of Discover, National Geographic, the New York Times, and Scientific American. Schlesinger has testified before U.S. House and Senate sommittees on a variety of environmental issues, including preservation of desert habitats, global climate change and carbon sequestration.

Schlesinger currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Southern Environmental Law Center and on the Board of Scientific Advisors for Terrapass LLC.

Schlesinger will also speak in Missoula on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

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: Anna Tuttle, Montana Institute on Ecosystems, (406) 994-2559 or