Southeast Volusia Audubon Society, P.O. Box 46, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170;

February 2010 Speaker

Our February speaker will be Dr. Michael Reiter, Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Chair of the Department of Integrated Environmental Science at Bethune-Cookman University.  He has titled his talk Global Climate Change: What Can We Do About It?  (or, How Big a Hole Do I Need to Jump Into?).

When it comes to global climate change (GCC), the public often has a quandary to address: once the data has been analyzed, the models developed and run, the projections obtained, and the potentially unfortunate outcomes identified, what now? What can I, or we, really do about something as large as GCC? The answer is probably quite a bit…if we have the will to try, we are smart about our approach, and we make a serious decision to start. Those are important conditions, because the target is moving and we need to keep it in sight in order to reach it. The good news, however, is that many of the choices we have would be beneficial regardless of the presence of GCC! This talk will discuss the moving target of GCC, problems and approaches we have on different spatial and temporal scales, some of the options we have to choose from, and some useful concepts to keep in mind when deciding how we will take on the task.

Dr. Reiter is a past President and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Association, and past Editor for the international journal Interdisciplinary Environmental Review. He has received grants from NOAA, the USDA, and The Nature Conservancy, and is also a member of the Ecological Society of America and the Union of Concerned Scientists. He has received university awards and has been nominated for regional awards for his research, and has been invited to speak on his work in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Africa.

Dr. Reiter has also received university and national awards for his teaching. He has developed service-learning relationships with several state parks and National Estuarine Research Reserves in Florida, Delaware, and Indiana to provide research opportunities and field courses for students and data for managers.  He has also helped organize international field courses and related student opportunities in several other countries.

His primary focus involves the interdisciplinary study of ecological and environmental problems, including integrated resource management and interactions among the environment, technology, and human culture. He can also be found working on several topics in aquatic ecology. His goal is to emphasize the importance of making scientifically informed, broadly based decisions concerning present and future environmental concerns, and to help ensure that such scientifically informed individuals exist in the near future.

Dr. Reiter holds a B.S. in Biology from Muskingum College in Ohio, an M.S. in Biology from Kent State University in Ohio, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia.

Come and bring a friend.  This will be an extremely interesting presentation.