FRS Spring Seminar Series
Announcement: Due to CSU's altered format for courses and group events in response to the COVID-19 virus, our FRS seminar series will only be available as an online live Zoom stream for the rest of the semester through May 7th. We will NOT host on-campus seminars during this period of time. All are welcome to join us online!
Email Karina.Puikkonen@colostate.edu to request links for weekly livestream seminars or recordings of our 2020 Spring seminar series. Recording links will be available pending permission from each presenter.
FRS Spring Seminar Series 2020 - Speaker Introductions
What initially drew you to your profession?
My interest in ecology emerged as a combination of 1) appreciating the problem-solving, investigatory aspects of scientific research, and 2) enjoying spending time in natural environments and evaluating the processes that shape the patterns we observed in ecosystems.
What current question or challenge are you setting out to address with your work?
My work seeks to understand what climate change will mean for dryland ecosystems, and, if possible, identify management strategies that can sustain ecosystems in the context of this dramatic change. In particular, I focus on drylands, where water is limiting, and plant-soil-water interactions are crucial. The specific challenge I try to address is decreasing uncertainty in how vegetation will respond to climate change…a complex process.
What has been one of the most rewarding moments of your career?
I have truly enjoyed the opportunity to work with groups of scientists investigating how patterns of water cycling shape dryland ecosystems. In particular, helped convene an international group to think about climate change impacts, and it was very fun. More recently, I have appreciated the opportunity to partner with national park managers in thinking about the future of their parks. This is especially meaningful because I have visited the parks since I was a kid, and take my children to parks often.
What do you think will be the future of your field?
I work in applied research to inform natural resource management. In this field, the challenge of global change, particularly climate change, is hard to understate. In coming decades, I believe that there will be a growing need for effective researchers who can design research projects to deliver the targeted information that can enhance resource management. This is not an easy challenge.
University of Nevada, Reno
Colorado Department of Natural Resources
University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, CSU
Society of American Foresters
The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot (among others), it is the largest professional society for foresters in the world.
2020 SAF National Convention
Oct. 30- Nov. 3, 2020
Providence, Rhode Island
Society for Range Management
The Society for Range Management (SRM) is an international scientific society and conservation organization dedicated to studying, conserving, managing and sustaining a variety of rangelands around the world.
2020 SRM Annual Meeting
February 16-20, 2020
Society for Ecological Restoration
The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) is a professional organization that encompasses a global community of restoration professionals engaged in restoring damaged ecosystems through research and practice.
2020 North American SER Conference
June 7-11, 2020
Association for Fire Ecology
The Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) is an organization of professionals dedicated to improving the knowledge and use of fire in land management through science and education.
2021 AFE International Fire Congress
Not Announced Yet