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Thursday, January 17, 2013

ECI Seminar: Emma Rosi-Marshall, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Ecological effects of common pharmaceutical compounds in streams

Rosi Stream

Rosi-Marshall Poster

Abstract: Pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) are ubiquitous in surface waters throughout the world but their effects on ecological function and structure is not well understood.  The concentration of pharmaceuticals in surface waters has been measured throughout the world and I will review the concentrations and discuss some new findings from my research group on illicit drugs in suburban and urban streams.  Research in my laboratory has also explored the effects of common pharmaceuticals (caffeine, cimetidine, ciprofloxacin, diphenhydramine, metformin, and ranitidine) on ecosystem functions ranging from primary production, community respiration and invertebrate production through laboratory and field experiments.  I will describe new methods and results from these research projects.  I will discuss explorations of the influence of pharmaceuticals on bacterial community composition.  Our data demonstrate that PPCPs, alone or in combination, influence stream biofilms and invertebrates and their presence in aquatic ecosystem could have consequences for important ecological functions.…

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Location: Innovation Park, Conference Room 2

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Most Important Topic Political Scientists Are Not Studying: Adapting to Climate Change - Debra Javeline

Debra Javeline

Associate Professor of Political Science

Few political scientists study climate change "adaptation" — efforts to reduce vulnerability to climate change. Yet adapting to climate change is fundamentally political, raising questions about political economy (adaptation costs money), political theory (adaptation involves questions of social justice), comparative politics (some countries  pursue adaptation more aggressively than others), urban politics (some cities pursue adaptation more aggressively than others), regime type (democracies and authoritarian regimes may differ in the way they pursue adaptation), federalism (different levels of government may be involved), and many other issues.

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Location: Hesburgh Center fo International Studies, University of Notre Dame

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

From Conservation Milestones to a Sustainability Reality Check - Mike Dombeck, Fromer U.S. Forest Service Chief

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MIke Dombeck

As a prelude to Earth Day, Dombeck will talk about the complex and often controversial relationship that humans have had with the land in North America, from the Native Americans and early explorers, to the tragedy of the commons, urban sprawl, climate change, and beyond.…

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Location: 105 Jordan Hall of Science *Reception to follow in Jordan Hall atrium