Canadian prof who researches fungi, climate change to speak

February 24, 2009

A researcher of fungi and climate change will speak at Indiana State University March 3 as part of the Biology Seminar Series "From Molecules to Ecosystems."

Jonathan Newman, a professor of biology and chair of the department of biology at the University of Guelph, will speak at 4 p.m. in room 12 of the Science Building. Newman will talk about climate change impacts in a discussion entitled, "The Nature of Climate Change Impacts: Philosophical, Statistical and Ecological Considerations."

Newman's research focuses on the ecological effects of entophytic fungi and predicting the biological impacts of climate change. He earned his bachelor's degree in biology from the University at Albany - State University of New York and went on to get a Ph.D. in ecology, evolution and behavior from the same university. Aside from teaching, Newman has many on-going research projects including cereal aphids and climate change, herbivore responses to climate change and bacterial diversity and ecosystem function.

The series, sponsored by the ISU department of biology and St. Mary-of-the-Woods College science and math department, brings in internationally recognized research scientists to speak to students and community members. For more information, visit www.indstate.edu/darwin/ or call 812-237-2501. Refreshments will be served from 3:30 to 4 p.m. with the seminar beginning at 4 p.m.

Newman is the inaugural Robert H. MacArthur Ecology Day Speaker. MacArthur was an American ecologist who made a major impact on many areas of ecology. In 1969, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and soon after an award was named in his honor. The Robert H. MacArthur Award is given out biannually to an establish ecologist in the midst of their career for commendable contributions to ecology, in the expectation of perpetual stupendous ecological research.

For more information on Newman, visit his homepage. This Darwin Keynote Speaker is also sponsored by the Lilly Endowment.

In addition to his keynote address, Newman will also be presenting on "Grass-Endophyte-Herbivore Relationships in Present and Future Climates," at 4 p.m. Monday, March 2 in S214.

Contact: Rusty Gonser, Indiana State University, assistant professor, at 812- 237-2395 or rrgonser@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Jennifer Spector, Indiana State University, Media Relations Intern at 812-237-3773 or jspector@indstate.edu