Graduate Student Research Presentations
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9:30am - 11:30am | 445 Blegen Hall
Brown Day Lecture
(refreshments at 3:15pm)
3:30 - 5:00pm | 1-103 Hanson Hall
Ralph H. Brown Memorial Lecture
Unraveling the Complex Impacts of Climate Change: Examples from Agriculture and Ecology
Professor Julie Winkler, Michigan State University
Climate change is one of the defining environmental concerns of our time, and will directly or indirectly affect every sector of society. Planning for climate change is complicated by the multifaceted linkages between climate and natural and human systems.
This presentation employs a series of vignettes to highlight several of the many challenges encountered in assessments of the future impacts of climate change on agricultural and ecological systems. For agriculture, the vignettes focus on the influence of the complexity of climate scenarios on projected changes in crop yield, and on the importance of considering climate change impacts on multiple aspects of an agricultural market system, including on crop storage. For ecology, the vignettes illustrate the influence of biases in species presence observations and in historical climate observations on projections of the future food supply for a vulnerable species.
The presentation concludes with thoughts on how scientists can embrace complexity, and the accompanying uncertainty, of future climate change in their interactions with decision makers.
About Professor Julie Winkler
Julie Winkler is a professor in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences at Michigan State University. Her research interests include synoptic and applied climatology. Recent research has focused on the potential impacts of climate variability and change on agriculture and natural resources.
She was the 2013-2014 president of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and the 2017 recipient of the AAG Ronald F. Abler Distinguished Service Honors. In February 2016, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the AAG Climate Specialty Group. A Fellow of the American Meteorological Society since 2005, she is among the recipients of that organization’s Charles Franklin Brooks Award. She is a 2019 recipient of the William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award at Michigan State University.