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USGS Wildfire Expert to Speak at Menlo Park
Released: 10/24/2007 4:48:54 PM

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Stephanie Hanna 1-click interview
Phone: (206) 818-7411

Leslie Gordon 1-click interview
Phone: (650) 329-4006

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) wildfire ecologist Jon Keeley will be at Menlo Park on Thursday to discuss the role of wildfire in ecosystem processes. Before his talk he will be available to media for interviews about the recent devastating wildfires in Southern California.

What: Public lecture on Fire As An Ecosystem Process: Past, Present, And Future
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Who: Jon E. Keeley, USGS Research Ecologist

Where: Building 3, Auditorium, 2nd floor
U.S. Geological Survey
345 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, California
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When: Media availability for questions and interviews: 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 25, 2007
Lecture preview: 12:00 noon, Thursday, October 25, 2007
Public lecture: 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 25, 2007

As part of the USGS continuing Public Lecture Series, we are pleased to present this month's topic, so timely in light of the wildfires currently burning in southern California. This non-technical lecture and slide show about Fire as an Ecosystem Process, will focus on these topics:

  • Plants have evolved over hundreds of millions of years with fire.
  • Are human-induced changes threatening naturally fire-prone ecosystems?
  • How has human suppression of fire affected different ecosystems?
  • Will predicted climate changes affect future fire-management decisions?

Admission to the lecture is free.

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