Powell to speak on conserving Nebraska's biodiversity

Larkin Powell
Larkin Powell

Larkin Powell, conservation biologist and animal ecologist in the School of Natural Resources will present "Conserving Nebraska's Biodiversity: Challenges and Opportunities on Private Lands" at 3:30 p.m., Sept. 11 in the Hardin Hall auditorium.

The Applied Ecology group in the School of Natural Resources is comprised of more than 20 faculty and approximately 70 graduate students. Its research is a vibrant mix of theoretical and applied work in ecological sciences, and its role is to provide data to private land managers, a spectrum of state and federal agencies and NGOs to support decisions that affect the landscapes of Nebraska, the Great Plains and the world.

Ninety-eight percent of the Nebraska landscape is privately owned. Land and water resources, therefore, have been critical to the development of Nebraska’s agricultural and non-agricultural economy. How have Nebraska’s landscapes changed through time? How has the human-landscape interaction been modified? How have these changes affected our water quality, fisheries, wildlife populations, forests and grasslands? What is the role of research in decisions made on Nebraska landscapes? We will explore current challenges to maintenance of resilient landscapes, paradigms used to value landscapes and models to frame the economic importance of functional landscapes for the citizens of Nebraska.

Larkin Powell received his B.S. degree in biology from Graceland University and his M.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Iowa State University. He received his Ph.D in ecology from the University of Georgia.

More details at: http://events.unl.edu/2013/09/11/80537/