Feb. 28, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) “Green Living Seminar Series” will continue on Thursday, March 1, with a presentation on “Using Forest Models to Guide Sustainable Forestry Practices,” by Dr. Charles Canham, a forest ecologist and senior scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y.

All “Green Living” seminars will take place at 5:30 p.m. in room 121 of the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, on the MCLA campus. Presented on Thursdays throughout the spring semester, this series is free and open to the public.

The theme of this 11-part series is “Sustainability and the Role of Technology,” which focuses on ways that technology can improve how we manage our food, energy, and water systems, and also how we conserve natural resources.

Canham has been on the staff at the Cary Institute since 1984. His primary area of research is forest ecology, at sites ranging from the northeastern United States to tropical forests of the Caribbean, temperate rainforests of New Zealand, and temperate forests of British Columbia and Quebec.

A common thread throughout his research is the development of new statistical methods and simulation modeling to predict long-term forest dynamics. For the past 10 years, Canham’s research has focused on addressing the effects of a broad suite of human impacts on temperate forests across the eastern U.S., including climate change, introduced pests and pathogens, air pollution, and timber harvesting.

Canham has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals, and serves on the boards of a number of non-profit environmental organizations. They include the Great Mountain Forest Corporation (2003-present), the Adirondack chapter of The Nature Conservancy (1996- 2005, 2006-2015, 2016- present), the Adirondack Land Trust (1996-2005, 2006- 2015, 2016- present), the Adirondack Council (2004 -2013, 2014- present), and the Northern Forest Atlas Foundation (2012-present).

He received his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University in 1984, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2014 by the University of Quebec – Outaouais.  

This spring’s Green Living Seminars will continue through April 12.

Every semester, MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series hosts lectures by local, regional, and national experts. The seminars are organized around a central theme related to the environment and sustainability. The 2018 series is a presentation of the MCLA Environmental Studies Department and MCLA’s Berkshire Environmental Resource Center.

For more information, go to or contact associate professor Dr. Elena Traister, chair of MCLA’s Department of Environmental Studies, at (413) 662-5303.

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