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UNH and USDA Forest Service Present March Lecture Series on New England's Changing Forests at Boston Museum of Science
DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire and the USDA Forest Service present a lecture series, "New England's Forests in a Changing Environment," at the Museum of Science in Boston beginning March 6.

The lecture series focuses on the changing face of New England's 26-million-acre Northern Forest. Ecologists and earth scientists who study northeastern forests will discuss their current research and describe recent efforts to determine the complex interrelationships among climate, air pollution, soils and forest health.

Scott Ollinger, research assistant professor in UNH's Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS), kicks off the series with a talk Wednesday, March 6. It is titled "Global Change in Our Backyard: Effects on the Northern Forest."

On Wednesday, March 13, Mary Martin, UNH research assistant professor, and Marie-Louise Smith, research ecologist with the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Research Station, will lecture on "Studying New England Forests: A View from Space."

The series wraps up Wednesday, March 20, with a talk by Richard Hallet, research ecologist with the USDA Forest Service, and Scott Bailey, research geologist with the USDA Forest Service, titled, "A Case Study in Ecology: Sugar Maple in a Changing Environment."

Lectures are held in the Museum of Science's Cahners Theater at 7 p.m. Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis the evening of the program, beginning at 6 p.m.

For more information, call 617-589-0419 or 617-589-0417 (TTY).

This lecture series is sponsored in part by the Lowell Institute.

By Sharon Keeler
UNH News Bureau