Climate Change and Wildlife Symposium at Pine Technical College

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 at 9:29 am

On Thursday April 30, two Minnesota wildlife researchers will bring their knowledge and expertise about fish and wildlife to Pine Technical College as the college concludes its month-long series about climate change.

Dr. Mike Larsen is a wildlife researcher for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. He’s also an adjunct assistant professor in the department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul.  Mike’s primary research interests are related to the population ecology of birds.

Dr. Andrew Carlson is a fisheries research biologist with the DNR in Brainerd and an adjunct faculty at Central Lakes College.  Carlson will discuss the effects of climate change on coldwater fish populations in Minnesota. Carlson’s presentation will include information on the potential effects of climate change on the cisco’s native range and how studies of this fish will influence DNR’s fisheries management in the coming century.

In 2008, Larsen chaired a Climate Change Working Group for the DNR. The group studied literature on climate change, its effects on wildlife, and strategies for how wildlife managers should respond to the challenges posed by climate change. Larsen will present information about climate change projections in Minnesota and provide perspective on the effects climate change may have on wildlife in Minnesota.

The presentations will take place in the Pine Tech auditorium at 6 p.m.

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