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Blinn’s Geographic Society to explore climate change with distinguished lecture

California State University professor Bruce Gervais to examine past, present, future of climate change

February 17, 2016

Dr. Bruce GervaisBlinn College’s Geographic Society invites the community to explore climate change alongside a leading researcher.

Dr. Bruce Gervais, geography professor at California State University, will present “Climate Change: Past, Present, and Future,” at noon Thursday, Feb. 25, in Room E-120 of the Blinn-Bryan Student Center. The presentation is free and open to the public.

“Climate change is a much-debated political and environmental topic,” said Rhonda Reagan, social sciences instructor and Geographic Society advisor. “We need to be informed. It’s a pleasure to have a leading expert provide valuable information for Blinn students and the community.” 

Gervais graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001 with a doctorate in geography. In his dissertation research, Gervais used tree rings and fossil pollen preserved in lake sediments to reconstruct ancient climate vegetation change on Russia’s Kola Peninsula. He has published 12 peer-reviewed research papers and most recently published a textbook titled, “Living Physical Geography.”

The Geographic Society was founded in 2000 and allows Blinn students to supplement their coursework with additional hands-on experience. Members host an annual GIS Day, which demonstrates practical uses for Geographic Information Systems, study local geography, conduct research, and learn from visiting speakers and professors. Advised by Reagan and fellow professor Susan Slowey, Geographic Society students are often invited to present research at conferences and symposiums across the state.

For more information on the presentation or the Geographic Society, contact Reagan at rreagan@blinn.edu.