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WCSU Professor Presents Climate Change Lectures In Danbury

Professor of environmental and biological sciences Mitch Wagener collecting zebra mussel samples with former Western Connecticut State University students Bruna Oliviera, left, and Catrina Morga.
Professor of environmental and biological sciences Mitch Wagener collecting zebra mussel samples with former Western Connecticut State University students Bruna Oliviera, left, and Catrina Morga. Photo Credit: contributed

DANBURY, Conn. -- Mitch Wagener will present a series of free, public lectures -- "Climate and Human Civilization -- this spring at Danbury's Western Connecticut State University.

Wagener is a professor of biological and environmental sciences at WCSU and an expert in invertebrates and ecosystems. He and university students will present the lecture series on five consecutive Wednesday evenings.

The lectures include

  • "Weather and climate," Feb. 3.
  • "Factors that modify the climate," Feb. 10.
  • "Climate and civilization," Feb. 17.
  • "The recent past and the near future," Feb. 24.
  • "How do we fix this?" March 2.

Six of Wagener’s students will individually deliver a 10- to 15-minute portion of each lecture, covering a specific topic of their interest. Wagener, who has delivered guest lectures and public talks on science the past 15 years, has a passion for the topic of climate change. He taught a course on ecosystem ecology for several years, and he's taught climate ecology at WCSU the past six years.

"It is clear that climate change and all its myriad cascading effects are some of the most pressing problems of the 21st century." Wagener said. "The impacts of climate change can be found from biodiversity to human health to politics, art and literature, and much more. It is vital for some of us with experience explaining scientific issues to the public to be prepared to provide the best information to those without scientific training."

The lectures will be from 7-8:30 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building on WCSU’s Midtown campus, 181 White St., Danbury. The lecture series is sponsored by the Jane Goodall Center at WCSU.

For more information, contact Wagener at wagenerm@wcsu.edu or visit this Facebook page.

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