Southeastern to host lecture on science of climate change
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – An international specialist in environmental science will launch a lecture series on global climate change at Southeastern Louisiana University on Wednesday, Oct. 17.
Jay Gulledge, senior scientist and program manager for science and impacts at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, will speak on the science of climate change at 3:30 p.m. in room 107 of Fayard Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Gulledge’s lecture is the first of four addresses by leading national authorities that will be held on campus as part of an interdisciplinary approach to the issue of climate change, said Kent Neuerburg, interim director of Southeastern’s Honors Program, which is sponsoring the series. Other campus units supporting the lectures are the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs and the colleges of Education and Human Development, Business, Science and Technology, and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
“Global climate change is something that affects all of us and crosses a wide range of disciplines of study,” Neuerburg said. “It is one of the foremost public policy issues that faces all nations today and one that is being hotly debated among scientists and general citizens alike. We hope this series will shed some further insight into the whole topic.”
He said future speakers will address the economic impacts, public policy issues, and individual responses to climate change.
A certified senior ecologist with more than 15 years experience teaching and conducting research in environmental science, Gulledge oversees the Pew Center’s efforts to assess the current state of scholarly knowledge about the science and environmental impacts of climate change. He has served on the faculties of Tulane University and the University of Louisville where he developed courses in global environmental change and ecosystem ecology. He holds a doctorate in biological sciences from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
The Pew Center on Global Climate Change is an eight-year-old non-profit, non-partisan organization which has published nearly 70 peer-reviewed reports by experts in climate science, economics, policy and solutions. The center is based in Arlington, Va.