Darwin Keynote

Earth Day

Earth Day was first introduced in 1969 as a “holiday” that celebrates the Earth and all of its environments. Earth day is an integrative event that demonstrates how disciplines must work together in solving global climate change problems and how we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Tuesday 14 April 2009
Seminar begins at 4pm in S012
(cookies at 3:30)

"Addressing the Grand Challenges of Energy, Climate Change, and Biodiversity Loss at Purdue's Discovery Park"
John Avise 2nd Annual Life Science Initiative Speaker
Dr. John W. Bickham, Director

Center for the Environment
Purdue University

John W. Bickham is Professor of the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) and Director of the Center for the Environment (C4E) at Purdue University. John received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Dayton in 1971, his M.S. in Biology from the University of Dayton in 1973, and his Ph.D. in Zoology from Texas Tech University in 1976. He worked as a faculty member at Texas A&M University in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from 1976 to 2006. He joined the faculty at Purdue in 2006. As Director of the Center for the Environment, he is responsible for university-wide leadership in the environmental area. The C4E has 138 faculty participants representing 30 academic departments. John’s activities in C4E primarily involve promoting interdisciplinary environmental research projects.

John has published over 180 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. His research interests focus on genetic mutations and how they are produced and transmitted in individuals, populations, species and the evolutionary processes that affect genetic change. The objectives of his research program are to understand genetic processes that act at the levels of populations and species and to apply this knowledge to the conservation and management of natural resources. Studies of the genotoxic effects of environmental mutagens using a combination of cytogenetic, flow cytometric, and molecular analyses are being conducted in the Republic of Azerbaijan as well as several localities in the US, including Superfund Sites. Species of particular concern in these studies included frogs, tree swallows, house mice, turtles, and mosquitofish. In these projects contaminant effects are compared at various levels of organization, from the individual to the population.

For more information visit Dr. Bickham's Laboratory at http://www.ag.purdue.edu/fnr/pages/bickham.aspx

Past Speakers

2008, Dr. Brent Yarnal