The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management is excited to host our Zurich Financial Services Distinguished Visitors this spring. While these scientists will teaching a week-long seminar course for enrolled students, they will also share their research in a public colloquium. Our first visitor, Dr. Charles Godfray of Oxford University’s Department of Zoology, will share the applications of his research in community ecology and evolutionary biology. Dr. Godfray uses pea aphids to study the formation of species and the development of host and natural enemy counter-resistance. He also explores how these patterns are impacted indirectly by predators, parasitoids, and pathogens. His research is tied to the use of population dynamics and genetic interventions to control insects that carry human diseases. The tentative date for Dr. Godfray’s public colloquium is Wednesday, April 15th from 11:30-12:30 in Bren Hall 1414.
Our second visitor will be Dr. Stephen Polasky from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Applied Economics. Dr. Polasky will provide a seminar course for Bren students, and his public colloquium is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12th from 11:30-12:30 in Bren Hall 1414. Steve Polasky is a Regent’s Professor and Faculty Fellow at the Institute on the Environment. He served on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1998-1999 and currently advises for the U.S. EPA. Linking ecology and economics, his research focuses on the impacts of land use and land management on the provision and value of ecosystem services and natural capital.