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What the 1980 Eruption of Mount St. Helens Taught Us, Dec. 2

Join us Friday, Dec. 2 at noon for “What the 1980 Eruption of Mount St. Helens Taught Us,” a presentation by Virginia Dale, research professor in the UT Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens and the recovery of its ecosystem have been complex.  Some plants and animals and their interrelationships have recovered rapidly, but the speed and extent of recovery varies greatly over time and from place to place on the volcano’s slopes.  Professor Dale will discuss how human activities greatly influence the patterns and rates of the recovery as well.  And why resource managers need to plan for these disturbances.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Register today for the Dec. 2 presentation at noon on Zoom. 

Once registered, you will receive a link to join the meeting.

This will be the last lecture for the fall 2022 series.

About Virginia Dale

In addition to her work with the university, UT Institute of Agriculture and Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries,  Dale is a corporate fellow emerita at ORNL.

Her research focuses on environmental decision making, succession, ecosystem management in view of disturbances and climate change, sustainability of agricultural landscapes and energy systems, and stakeholder engagement. Her work has resulted in 11 books and more than 285 scientific articles, chapters and reports. Professor Dale contributed to the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Scientific Assessment that received the Nobel Peace Prize.

She earned a MS in mathematics from the University of Tennessee and a PhD in mathematical ecology at the University of Washington.

About the Science Forum

Started in 1933, the UT Science Forum is one of the oldest UT organizations. Its purpose? To share the latest scientific research with the public.

Nearly 90 years later, the UT Science Forum provides an excellent opportunity for students, UT professors and the general public to learn about cutting-edge research at UT, ORNL, and other local facilities.

Join Us Friday Dec. 2 at Noon via Zoom

Join us Fridays at noon for an opportunity to discuss the latest scientific research with distinguished professors and researchers. Presentations are 40 minutes and designed for the general public. A question-and-answer session follows each presentation.

For the health and safety of our campus and Knoxville community, we will host all fall 2022 Science Forum lectures on Zoom. Visit the Zoom Help Center to learn more about setting up an account and joining a meeting.