Seminar: The Only Certainty is Change: Ecosystem Dynamics in Desert Streams and Cities


"The only certainty is change: ecosystem dynamics in desert streams and cities" will be presented by Dr. Nancy Grimm, Professor, Senior Sustainability Scientist, and Director of the Central Arizona–Phoenix Long-term Ecological Research Project at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at 4:00pm in Galvin Life Sciences. 

Nancy B. Grimm studies the interaction of climate variation and change, human activities, and ecosystems. Her long-term research focuses on how disturbances (such as flooding or drying) affect the structure and processes of desert streams, how chemical elements move through and cycle within both desert streams and cities, and how storm water infrastructure affects water and material movement across an urban landscape.

Grimm is the director of the Central Arizona–Phoenix LTER program — an interdisciplinary study by ecologists, engineers, physical and social scientists, of the interaction among social, ecological, and technological parts of the Phoenix urban ecosystem. She was President and is a fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA), is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and lead author for the National Climate Assessment.  Grimm received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Zoology at Arizona State University and her B.A. in Natural Science at Hampshire College.

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