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Carleton’s 27th Annual Chesley Lecture Addresses “Global Warming and the Fate of the Land Carbon Sink”

January 9, 2013

Stephen W. Pacala, Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Frederick D. Petrie Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, will present Carleton College’s 27th Annual Frank G. & Jean M. Chesley Lecture on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Olin Hall Room 149. Entitled “Global Warming and the Fate of the Land Carbon Sink,” Pacala’s presentation is free and open to the public.


Pacala also co-directs the Carbon Mitigation Initiative, an effort to develop solutions to the greenhouse warming problem, and is a founder and Chairman of the Board of Climate Central, a nonprofit media organization focusing on climate change. Pacala has researched a wide variety of ecological and mathematical topics. At Princeton, his work focuses on problems of global change with an emphasis on interactions among the biosphere, greenhouse gases and climate. He also researches solutions to the climate problem, the dynamics of forests, and the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem function.

Pacala completed an undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in biology at Stanford University. His honors include the David Starr Jordan Prize, the George Mercer and Robert MacArthur Awards of the Ecological Society of America, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

The Carleton College Chesley Visiting Lectureship Series, in the fields of the natural and physical sciences, mathematics and anthropology, is made possible by a gift to Carleton College from Jean M. Chesley ’37 of Red Wing, Minn., and the late Dr. Frank G. Chesley ’36. The Chesley Lectureship brings an outstanding scholar and teacher to Carleton each year for a series of classes, public lectures, faculty seminars, and student meetings.

For more information about this event, including disability accommodations, please contact the Carleton College Department of Environmental Studies at (507) 222-5769.