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Weaver Lecture Series

The Weaver Lecture Series was established in May of 1996 through an endowment provided by Earl H. and Sandra H. Weaver.  The objective of the series is to bring individuals with expertise in various aspects of forestry and wildlife sciences to the Auburn University campus to enhance the School’s academic programs through public lectures and interaction with faculty and students.

2018 Weaver Lecture Series

The first lecture of the two-part series offered on Friday, March 2, will be given by Paul Bolstad, professor of ecosystem ecology and geographic information science in the Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota.

Professor Bolstad’s lecture, titled “Smart Bots in the Woods, or how small sensors, big data, and AI will change your outdoor career, and life,” will discuss the convergence of positioning, communications, robotics, and artificial intelligence technologies which are expected to change most aspects of daily life and the future of scientific research.

Bolstad has had a distinguished career in research, publishing over 100 peer-reviewed articles including two in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. His grant awards total more than $24 million from a wide variety of sponsors including NSF, NASA, DOE and USDA to name a few.

Widely cited among his peers, Bolstad’s textbook, GIS Fundamentals, a First Text on Geographic Information Systems, has sold over 100,000 copies to over 450 universities, on five continents and in over 30 countries.

He has also received Best Paper Awards from the Journal of Geophysical Research, Landscape Ecology, and Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing.

The second lecture of the two-part series to be held on Tuesday, March 20, will feature Peter Marra, a conservation scientist and the director of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C.

Marra’s talk, “Studying birds in the context of the annual cycle: Carry-over effects and seasonal interactions,” will discuss the impacts of weather events on wintering ground for several species has important consequences for breeding and survival.

Marra earned his B.S. from Southern CT State University, an M.S. from Louisiana State University, and a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College and has been at the Smithsonian Institution since 1999.

Marra’s research has encompassed four broad areas, including migration, climate, disease and urban ecology. Connecting events throughout the year, Marra’s research attempts to understand the biology of animals in the context of the full annual cycle.

His papers have appeared in Science, Nature, PNAS, PLOS Biology, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Conservation Biology, Ecological Monographs, Biological Conservation and Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

The objective of the Weaver Lecture Series is to bring experts in various research areas relevant to forestry and wildlife sciences to the Auburn University campus to enhance the School’s academic programs through public lectures and interaction with faculty and students.

Lectures are open to the public and will take place at the Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Building at Auburn University. A reception will be held prior to each lecture.