Dr. Janaki R.R. Alavalapati, Dean
School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences
3301 Forestry and Wildlife Building
602 Duncan Drive
Auburn, Alabama 36849-3418
The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences 2018 Weaver Lecture Series will feature two internationally renowned scientists March 2 and 20. The first lecture of the two-part series 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 School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences’ Weaver Lecture Series was established in 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.
The lecture is open to the public and will take place on Friday, March 2, at 3:30 p.m. at the Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Building at Auburn University. A reception will be held prior to the lecture at 3:00 p.m. For details about the Weaver Lecture Series and to review research abstracts, visit http://sfws.auburn.edu/weaver/.