Scientists to Speak on Global Environmental Issues

Redlands Forum Presents Woods Hole Research Center Scientists William Brown and Josef Kellndorfer

From mapping the Amazon River basin to promoting global climate change policy, scientists at the Woods Hole Research Center (the Center) are focused on keeping Planet Earth healthy. The next Redlands Forum event will feature William Brown, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Center, who will describe how the Massachusetts-based institute is working to help protect the global environment. His colleague, Josef Kellndorfer, Ph.D., associate scientist at the Center, will also speak. The presentations will take place in Redlands at the ESRI Conference Center, 380 New York Street, on Wednesday, May 19, at 5:30 p.m.

Brown will give an overview of the Center’s global activities with the talk Woods Hole Research Center: Science, Policy, and Education for a Healthy Planet. Then, Kellndorfer will drill down to describe a research project that uses satellite imagery technology to map the world’s forests. His presentation has the intriguing title Shooting with the Radar Gun: Another Radiological Tool to Diagnose and Monitor Patient Earth.

“Our planet’s climate and ecosystems are changing, and the scientists at the Center are leading authorities in understanding the causes and consequences of this as well as offering solutions that foster a healthy planet,” said Brown. With projects in the Amazon, the Arctic, Africa, Russia, Alaska, Canada, and New England, the Center collaborates with partners ranging from local nongovernmental organizations and research centers to national governments and the United Nations. Brown’s talk will include examples of the Center’s work around the globe.

Brown joined the Center in February 2010 and previously held posts as president and CEO of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the nation’s oldest natural history museum, and as Department of the Interior science advisor during the Clinton administration. He also concurrently serves as chairman of the Global Heritage Fund, president of the Natural Science Collections Alliance, and a trustee of the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Kellndorfer’s research focuses on the monitoring and assessment of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Using geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing, he studies land use, land cover, and climate change on a regional and global scale. Before joining the Center, he was an assistant research scientist in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan.

After May 19, the next Redlands Forum event will be a talk on recent projects and legislation affecting both Redlands and California open spaces, which will be presented by Pete Dangermond, president of The Dangermond Group. It will take place Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at 5:30 p.m.

Redlands Forum events are sponsored by ESRI and the University of Redlands through the university’s Town & Gown organization. Admission to both of these events is free. To guarantee seating, attendees should register via the Internet at www.esri.com/culturalseries or by calling 909-748-8011.

[Source: ESRI press release]