NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Green Living Series will offer its final seminar of the spring on “Science and Management of Invasive Species” on Thursday, April 20. Joe Roman, Ph.D., a conservation biologist, researcher and educator at the University of Vermont’s Gund Institute for Ecological Economics will deliver “Recipe for Success: Can Eating Invasives Help Reduce Their Spread?”

As a special feature of this seminar, there will be a food tasting as local chef Greg Roach will prepare and offer some dishes that contain several invasive species. Depending on availability of invasive species, food may include Wild Boar Meatballs -- Asian BBQ Style, Wakame Seaweed Salad, Lionfish Tempura, Asian Carp and Cabbage Mini Tacos and Python Pho.

This lecture is free and open to the public. It will take place at 7 p.m. in the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, room 121.

Roman’s book, “Dispatches from America's Endangered Species Act,” won the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award in 2012. His science and nature writing has appeared in The New York Times, New Scientist, Audubon, Slate, among others. He is the founder and “editor-in-chef” of the website, “Eat the Invaders.”

At the University of Vermont, Roman teaches marine ecology and graduate workshops on emerging problems of conservation interest, such as marine spatial planning and the disease ecology of bats. In addition, he is a research associate at the New England Aquarium.

Roman came to the Gund Institute as an Environmental Policy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). During his AAAS fellowship, he helped start an interdisciplinary program on Biodiversity and Human Health at the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

His research has been covered by the Associated Press, National Public Radio, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and other outlets.

Roman received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2003 in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and his Master’s degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida.

Roach is the executive chef at Buxton School, an arts-oriented boarding school in Williamstown, where he oversees student nutrition, the professional kitchen staff and teaches gastronomy-oriented winter-study courses. He has been cooking professionally for more than 30 years in almost every type of American kitchen, from Michelin starred restaurants to the overnight shift at a steak and eggs diner in rural Minnesota. 

Roach’s experience includes stints working with names like Charlie Trotter, Wolfgang Puck and Jimmy Schmidt. Most recently, he was the executive chef for Wild Oats Market in Williamstown for eight years, where he repeatedly was recognized by trade groups as one of the top grocery store chefs in America. Roach holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the Culinary Institute of America.

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The 2017 Green Living Seminar series is a presentation of MCLA’s Berkshire Environmental Resource Center and the MCLA Environmental Studies Department.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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