Climate change is upon us and its impacts on our health, economic well-being, and security are rapidly accelerating at both the global scale and within our Great Lakes region. In his recent public lecture, Dr. Knute Nadelhoffer, Director of the University of Michigan Biological Station, took inventory of historic regional and global climate fluctuations, described the anthropogenic antecedents of our current crisis, and made recommendations for palliative measures and policies aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change.
A full recording of Nadelhoffer's lecture is available below, as well as a PDF version of his slides.
Knute Nadelhoffer is the Director of the University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) and a professor in the U-M Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. He manages projects focused on human-environment interactions and climate change impacts in the Great Lakes region. His research focus on es on relationships among terrestrial ecosystems, water quality, and the climate system. He has published over 125 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters describing ecological processes at local through global scales.
Dr. Nadelhoffer received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1983), was a research scientist at the Ecosystems Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts (1983 – 2002), a Fulbright Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of Water Research (1996-97), and a Guest Professor at the University of Copenhagen (2017). He served as Director of the NSF Ecosystem Studies Program (2002-2003), as President of the Association of Ecosystem Research Centers in 2005-2006, and as an Expert Reviewer for the 4th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC Climate Change 2007: Working Group II Report "Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability”) and for the First Order Draft of IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) in 2018-19. He serves on the Board of the Environmental Law and Policy Center.