ESSM Seminar Series

Fall 2017
Tuesdays, beginning September 19th
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
HFSB 104

Savanna Systems - Patterns, Processes, and Problems

Savanna ecosystems are located worldwide and provide numerous ecological and societal benefits, including serving as carbon sinks and regulators as well as providing habitat for biodiversity. Despite this, savannas receive limited scientific and management-focused attention and often are not well-differentiated from woodland or grassland systems.

This seminar series will explore the concept and condition of savannas and will aim to highlight several aspects of these important ecosystems in support of the ongoing savanna initiative to be implemented by ESSM.

Full Schedule

September 19

Lightning Panel, Introduction to the seminar theme

September 26


October 3

Dr. Carla Staver - ecological dynamics in savannas and forests
Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University 

October 10

Dr. Felicia Keesing - biological diversity in African savannas
Biology Program, Bard College 

October 17

Dr. Johan du Toitlarge mammal ecology in savannas and rangelands
Dept. of Wildland Resources, Utah State University 

October 27 at noon
(HFSB 102)

Dr. Thomas Clemenagent-based modeling for conservation
Dept. of Computer Science, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

October 31

Dr. Abinash Bhattachan - ecohydrology and land use in dry systems
Dept. of Geography, University of California Los Angeles 

November 7

Dr. Alan Knapp - plant ecology in grasslands and savannas
Dept. of Biology, Colorado State University 

November 14


Dr. Brandon Bestelmeyermanagement of ecosystem dynamics in drylands
USDA-ARS-Jornada Experimental Range 

ESSM fall 2017 seminar flyer.