Lawrence R. Walker, professor in the School of Life Sciences, will speak at an upcoming Science Café Las Vegas. His talk is titled, "Disasterology": The Science of Ecosystem Recovery.
The news is full of stories about the damage caused by hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, landslides in Puerto Rico, an earthquake in Mexico, and fires throughout the western US. Beyond the immediate concerns about human suffering are concerns about long-term effects on agriculture, water supplies, slope stability, and forest regrowth. Will the natural ecosystems that we depend on recover, and if so, how soon? Yes, most ecosystems recover, unless too strongly altered by humans. The rate of recovery depends on how much was damaged. Ecosystem recovery will be compared among volcanoes, roads, glaciers, landslides, hurricanes, and fires.
Come join others for a lively science discussion, delicious food, and fun. Come at 6:30 p.m. to order your food and mingle. Those under 21 are welcome.