October General Meeting
Red Cedar Impacts on Wildlife Communities
With Dr. Craig Allen, School of Natural Resources, UNL
7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 12
Unitarian Church of Lincoln
6300 A Street, Lincoln
This month’s program will feature Professor Craig Allen of UNL who will discuss his research on wildlife and resilience. His work is focused on understanding links between land use or land cover change, biological invasions, and extinctions. His special interest deals with invasive species in Nebraska. Beyond the narrow issues of species adaptation, Dr. Allen is interested in how invasions can affect the resilience of ecosystems. In our program, he will use the case of red cedar invasion in Nebraska to illustrate a number of issues.
In recent publications, Dr. Allen has studied how the dynamics of invasive species affect the broader landscape. Craig’s broader interests involve changes in ecosystems services from natural and human-influenced environments. In demonstrating this breadth of research, in a recent article he and colleagues noted that 85 percent of people in the U.S. are urban residents. They explored how resilience and sustainability are achieved in some midsize cities and considered the factors promoting or inhibiting this process. They have studied the many functions of agriculture to produce crops and livestock.
Dr. Allen currently is Leader of the U.S. Geological Survey in the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit at UNL. He was born in Berkeley, grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and lived in England and the Netherlands. He has been with the University of Florida and Clemson University before coming to UNL in 2004. Craig is also on the Board of Directors for the Resilience Alliance.
Join Wachiska Audubon on Thursday, October 12, at 7:00 p.m. for this free public lecture and discussion at the Unitarian Church, 6300 A Street, in Lincoln. Park in the church lot; there is overflow parking in the Pius High lot across the street to the west. Close, easy access to the building requires no steps to climb. There is plenty of space inside for mingling while enjoying refreshments and conversation after the program.