William Anderegg, assistant professor of biology at the University of Utah, will present the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series lecture “Hot, Dry, and Smoky: What is the Future of Colorado’s Forests in a Changing Climate?” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Salida Steam Plant Theater. The lecture is free to the public.
Refreshments will be served and a cash bar will offer beer and wine. The Salida Steam Plant Theater is located at 220 W. Sackett Ave., Salida.
The fate of the forests of the western United States in the 21st century with rapid human-caused climate change is largely unknown. In the past 20 years or so, climate-change supercharged fires, droughts, and beetle outbreaks have prompted concern that forests might die off en masse across the West.
Anderegg grew up in Cortez, and still spends his time hiking, backpacking, hunting, and fishing across the Colorado Rockies. His research centers on the intersection of ecosystems and climate change, especially the future of Earth’s forests in a changing climate. He has studied western forests for more than a decade and his investigation seeks to shed light on the future of Colorado’s forests. He has published dozens of journal articles on forest drought. The aim of his research is to develop predictive tools to help forecast and manage the fate of western forests in this century. Anderegg received his B.A. and Ph.D., both in biology, from Stanford University. He is an Early Career Fellow of the Ecological Society of America and a Packard Foundation Fellow for Science and Engineering.
The Collegiate Peaks Forum Series, now in its 17th year, is a free lecture series with presentations in Leadville, Buena Vista and Salida. For more information about the CPFS, visit www.collegiatepeaksforum.org.