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Seminar Series

Unless otherwise indicated, all presentations occur at 12:15-1:15 (Eastern Time) in the Rachel Carson Room, located in the Basement Cafeteria of the Main Interior Building (1849 C St. NW, Washington, DC).  

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View videos of past presentation videos in our Video Archive.

Upcoming Seminars

May 12: Sharing Water, Building Relations: Transforming Water Conflict in the U.S. West
Aaron T. Wolf, Professor of Geography, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

This presentation will focus on identifying causes of conflict, tipping points towards cooperation, and institutional approaches to conflict resolution and mitigation. The discussion is founded on lessons learned in the development of a research and skills-building program for training Bureau of Reclamation staff in collaborative competency. The presentation uses example assessments of processes of water conflict and cooperation internationally and in the U.S. West.

June 9: Wind and Solar Farms – Cultivating Renewable Energy Resources on Public Lands
Ray Brady, BLM Renewable Energy Coordination Office

Substantial opportunities exist to harness renewable energy on the public lands, but this potential does not occur without some challenges.  BLM Renewable Energy Team Leader, Ray Brady, will explore how the BLM balances the need to generate clean electricity with the potential for adverse environmental impacts, land-use conflicts, wildlife concerns, cultural resource conflicts, and tribal concerns.  This lecture will provide an overview of how the BLM has responded to the clean energy and renewable energy goals of Congress and the administration, and the future goals established by the President’s Climate Action Plan.

September 8: USGS Storm Water Runoff Project
Dianna M. Hogan, Research Physical Scientist, Eastern Geographic Science Center

October 6 : Vanishing Wetlands
Tom Dahl, Senior Scientist, Wetlands Status and Trends, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 

November 10:  Endangered Species Act Panel Discussion
12:15-1:45 PM  Benjamin Jesup, Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor

December 8: USGS Land Change Science
Bradley C. Reed, Associate Program Coordinator