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NEXT MCLA ‘GREEN LIVING’ SERIES ON MARCH 29 TO FOCUS ON LANDSCAPE MODELING FOR STRATEGIC HABITAT CONSERVATION


March 26, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) “Green Living Seminar Series” will continue on Thursday, March 29, with a presentation on “Landscape Modeling to Provide Guidance for Strategic Habitat Conservation,” by Ethan Plunkett, a research associate at UMASS-Amherst.

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.

Plunkett is a research fellow in the Landscape Ecology Lab in the Department of Environmental Conservation at UMASS-Amherst. There, he principally is involved with the Designing Sustainable Landscapes project and is the lead analyst responsible for statistical analyses and computer software development.

Plunkett earned his Master of Science degree from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation at UMASS-Amherst in 2009, where he studied the meta-population dynamics of marbled salamanders.

Using seven years of data on breeding effort and success across 14 vernal pools, Plunkett constructed a meta-population model of the population, and then used that model to assess the population’s viability under a range of hypothetical land use scenarios.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2000 from the Department of Biology and Environmental Studies at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.

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 www.mcla.edu/greenliving or contact associate professor Dr. Elena Traister, chair of MCLA’s Department of Environmental Studies, at (413) 662-5303.

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.

For more information, go to www.mcla.edu.